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Cosmetics 2018, 5(4), 57;

Hidden Metals in Several Brands of Lipstick and Face Powder Present on Polish Market

Institute of General Food Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Stefanowskiego 4/10, 90-924 Lodz, Poland
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Received: 25 August 2018 / Revised: 16 September 2018 / Accepted: 27 September 2018 / Published: 1 October 2018
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Cosmetics still retain their brilliant effect, but public concern about their toxicity has become a hot issue. Trace amounts of toxic heavy metals can be either intentionally added to cosmetics or present as impurities in the raw materials. We therefore assessed the levels of lead, nickel, copper, zinc and iron in six brands of lipstick and six brands of cosmetic powder that are widely available in local Polish markets. The cosmetics were digested and analyzed for the metals using flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Lead and nickel were found in some powders, but none in lipstick samples. This study revealed that the levels of these metals were higher than the specifications reported in the literature data. On the other hand, the copper content was determined at the level of 435 mg/kg in one sample of powder and at 75.92 mg/kg in one lipstick. Iron levels ranged from 0 to 12,168.57 mg/kg depending on the brand of powder or lipstick, and were generally higher in powders. Zinc was detected in the range of 1.73–488.31 mg/kg in all 12 samples. The results lead to the conclusion that constant control of metallic content in lipsticks, powders and other facial cosmetics should be seriously considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: lipstick; cosmetic powders; heavy metals; facial cosmetics lipstick; cosmetic powders; heavy metals; facial cosmetics
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Łodyga-Chruścińska, E.; Sykuła, A.; Więdłocha, M. Hidden Metals in Several Brands of Lipstick and Face Powder Present on Polish Market. Cosmetics 2018, 5, 57.

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