While we usually think of counterfeit products to consist of watches and handbags, there's a new line of counterfeit products hitting the market: cosmetics.

A recent investigation shows heavy contaminants to be in counterfeit products of the most popular brand-name cosmetics.

After rigorous testing of the brand-name cosmetics, no heavy contaminants were found in the ingredients of the makeup. However, the case wasn't the same for the counterfeit cosmetics. The results, actually, were shocking.

The amount of lead found in the counterfeit product was at least five times higher than what is legally allowed to be used in the making of cosmetics. Lead is a heavy metal and has been deemed as poisonous to the human body for hundreds of years now. It is responsible for heart attacks, strokes and heart disease, in general. Additionally, lead poisoning could also be responsible for kidney failure.

The next heavy contaminant targeted was copper, which has a legal limit of 100 PPM (parts per million), and was found to be 20 times the legal limit in the counterfeit cosmetics. Copper, when taken in supplement form, can provide the body with a number of important health benefits. The problem occurs when there is too much of it in the body. Too much copper in the body can result in fatigue, depression, cardiovascular issues, scoliosis and a weakened immune system.

Lastly, the test results came back positive for category one carcinogen, beryllium, a steel-gray metal that is used to make golf clubs, wheelchairs and electronic devices. An overexposure to beryllium is extremely toxic to lung tissue and can cause Chronic Beryllium Disease, a debilitating lung disease. Overexposure can also cause chromosomal damage, asthma, lung carcinoma and melanoma.

Women are using these products on their faces every single day.

When you use these chemically-induced counterfeit products, especially on a day-to-day basis, your bloodstream is soaking up these harmful toxins like water on a sponge and is contributing the the overload of toxins you are exposed to. It is damaging the kidneys and more importantly, the liver, which is the organ responsible for getting rid of these toxins in the body.

Here are a few tips for reducing the toxic load when using personal care items:

  • Look for all-natural product lines of your personal care items. This includes make-up, hair products, skin care products, sunscreen, lotion, nail polish, soaps and creams.
  • Only purchase your personal care items from reputable distributors to avoid counterfeit products.
  • Research the ingredients in each of the products you use on a daily basis. Just like food, if you can't pronounce it, it's probably not natural.

Before you slather on that lotion or coat your skin in foundation, stop and ask yourself, "What am I really putting on my body?"

Next, we'll be discussing a few of the most highly recommended personal care products that are free of harmful toxins and chemicals. Feel free to leave your favorite all-natural product lines in the comments section below!


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