Women need to be more careful when shopping for makeup: Scientists have discovered makeup products that will forever be toxic. PFAS substances are a group of chemicals that contain more than 9,000 compounds, existing since the 1940s.
The term ‘forever toxic’ exists because PFAS do not degrade over time, they do not accumulate in nature and in the human body. However, they are linked to serious health problems such as hormonal disturbances, weakened immune system, low birth weight and even cancer.
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A study published in the journal ‘Environmental Science and Technology Letters’, pointed out that substances that make products forever toxic are present in cosmetics. 231 frequently used makeup products have been tested, including blush, lipstick, mascara and liquid foundation, and the results are daunting. 62% of the lipsticks, 63% of the foundations and 82% of the waterproof masks contained at least 0.384 fluorine per cm².
Skin, lips and eyes absorb toxic chemicals more easily, the absorption of PFAS, for example, occurs in thin membranes of the mouth and tear ducts. Women wear several pounds of makeup throughout their lives, so they are vulnerable to damage from PFAS.
The substance that makes products forever toxic leaves the skin with a false appearance of shine and smoothness. The more ‘resistant’ or ‘waterproof’ a product is, the greater the levels of chemicals incorporated into it.
Also according to the data analyzed, there was a part of the products that did not present toxic substances. That is, manufacturing cosmetics without dangerous chemicals such as PFAS is possible.
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