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Possible Health Implications Associated with Cosmetics: A Review
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 5-1, September 2015, Pages: 58-63
Received: Aug. 28, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 28, 2015; Published: Dec. 17, 2015
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Okereke J. N., School of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Udebuani A. C., School of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Ezeji E. U., School of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Obasi K. O., School of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Nnoli M. C., School of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
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Cosmetics are products applied to the body or face to improve appearance. Theycleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness and alter appearance of the body. The concept of beauty and cosmetics is as old as mankind and civilization. Assorted beauty products such as skincare products, hair products, fragrances, oral hygiene, and nail products, which may contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to health are used especially by women. Most cosmetic products contain hazardous chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Talcum, Parabens, Coal tar dye, Phthalates, Fragrance, Mineral oil, Triethanolamine and some heavy metals eg, Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Cadmium, and Mercury. The bioaccumulation of theseharmful chemicals andmetals in the body over time has been associatedwith cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, contact dermatitis, hair loss, lung damage, ageing, skin disease and reaction, allergies, and damage of nails. The deleterious chemicals and metals can enter into the body by inhalation of perfumes, deodorant, nail polish, scented powder, etc; by absorption through penetration of harmful chemicals from body creams, moisturizers, cleanser, eye shadow, etc. It can also be by ingestion of chemicals and metals in lip sticks, lip balm, lip gloss, etc. through the mouth.
Health, Implications, Hazards, Cosmetics, Chemicals, Metals
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Okereke J. N., Udebuani A. C., Ezeji E. U., Obasi K. O., Nnoli M. C., Possible Health Implications Associated with Cosmetics: A Review, Science Journal of Public Health. Special Issue: Who Is Afraid of the Microbes. Vol. 3, No. 5-1, 2015, pp. 58-63. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2015030501.21
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