Women Lawmakers Urged to Push for Mercury-Free Cosmetics Law
Coalition, an environmental network of over 100 groups, to push for mercury-free cosmetics.
reveals that many cosmetic products contain toxic chemicals. Leonard, founder of the Manila-based Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), is the star of Internet film sensation "The Story of Stuff," which has been viewed worldwide over 10 million times.
care products. We can be beautiful inside and out without wasting money for toxic cosmetics,” said Velvet Roxas of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Task Force on Chemical Safety.
principle, to stop chemical assault on women’s and children’s health,” she added.
to birth and developmental disorders among children out of cosmetics,” she stated.
describing these products as “imminently unsafe, injurious or dangerous” for containing mercury way beyond the 1 part per million (ppm) threshold.
mercury-laced skin lightening products can badly damage human health.
hyper-pigmentation, thickened skin, large pores, itchiness, redness, dark patches, light pink patches, and signs of premature aging such as lines and wrinkles, according to IPEN’s market analysis report of some mercury-containing products.
of childbearing years who use these, the report further said.
darkening. Mercury or hydroquinone will initially cause the skin to lighten by inhibiting production of melanin. Without melanin formation, no brown pigmentation will be visible. This produces the much-vaunted "instant lightening" results, the IPEN report stated.
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