Nanotechnology in Cosmetics

Everyone wants to believe there’s a fountain of youth, but many experts will agree that there isn’t a miracle in a jar. Women are bombarded with promises of creams, lotions, and potions that will get rid of wrinkles and cellulite. As consumers, we have to do our own homework and not buy into every advertising claim. Take nanotechnology for example – it’s been touted as the next revolution in cosmetics. Manufacturers have been rushing to incorporate nanotechnology that uses particles 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Nanotechnology is notably used in products such as “anti-aging,” “wrinkle-fighting” products.

However, nanotechnology is a big health concern because these small particles have the potential to penetrate unusually deep into the skin and organs. The health impacts of nanomaterials in cosmetics remain largely unknown, pending completion of long-range studies. Since nano-sized ingredients are absorbed differently into the body, they require separate safety studies. But that hasn’t stopped cosmetic companies from incorporating inadequately tested technology into products that are penetrating deep below our skins. There are also environmental implications. Did you know that only 4% of $9 billion dedicated to nanotechnology research in 2006 went to environmental and health research? I, for one, am hesitant about dropping $70 for a wrinkle cream that could quickly and easily be absorbed into my organs without adequate, independent studies proving it’s not harmbul to me.

“Just tell me which ingredients to avoid” is the most common statement, but unfortunatley there isn’t an easy shopping list just yet. Consumers are going to have to roll up their sleeves and do their own research, which you can do via the Skin Deep database. It can be frustrating, especially if you’re on a budget like me, or strapped for time, but at least we have more tools availalbe to us now, beyond the glossy magazine ads. And I know I keep repeating myself about this, but you should always do what’s best for you, what makes you happy. Just be informed.

Source: Not Just a Pretty Face.

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