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When saying goodbye to your friends, partners, kids, or parents, do you just utter the words “See you later” and then give them a wave good bye? Or do you kiss them on the cheeks and hug them first before leaving? Most people I know (including me) are guilty of doing the latter. What if I told you that the person you just kissed and made contact with has applied a mercury-containing beauty product on her face and body, would you still kiss that person? Well, if you’re thinking “yes,” you should think again.

Most cosmetics and skin care products, especially those skin lightening and anti-aging products which are very popular particularly to young adults, contain Mercury which is a toxic metal. As an active product, Mercury proves its worth as a skin lightener since it effectively removes dark spots, blemishes, freckles, and wrinkles. However, it poses great threats to our health. For one, Mercury can cause kidney damage and gastrointestinal complications. It can also accumulate in our brain and damage our central nervous system, leading to memory loss, lower cognitive functions, anxiety, depression, psychosis, and peripheral neuropathy.

According to Arthur Simone M.D., a senior medical advisor at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States, pregnant women are the most vulnerable to Mercury. Fetuses are more sensitive to Mercury compared to adults. Unborn babies can get severely damaged or injured without the mothers showing any symptoms at all. It can cause severe physical deformities and undeveloped brains and nervous systems, leading to several brain disorders.

Considering what I’ve just learned, hearing the word “Mercury” alone already gives me the goose bumps. What more when I found out that Mercury could be anywhere? You may think that it can harm you only upon direct contact with your skin. Think again. Even if a mercury-containing product just sits in your cabinet, Mercury releases vapors which you and your family can breathe in. In that case, forget the every-day things that we encounter which could be contaminated by Mercury, i.e., towels, pillows, countertops, tables, and even our food.

We should prioritize health over beauty. From now on, I suggest you check the labels of whatever product you buy. Mercury can also be identified as Mercurous Chloride, Mercuric Chloride, Calomel, Mercuric Iodide, Ammoniated Mercury, or Mercury Oxide.

Me, I wouldn’t trade good health for anything in the world because what would I do with money, fame, or beauty if I wouldn’t even live long enough to enjoy it?


SOURCES:

http://www.consumerreports.org/beauty-personal-care/avoiding-mercury-poisoning-from-skin-care-products/

http://www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/mercury_flyer.pdf

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm294849.htm

http://www.medicaldaily.com/skin-creams-high-levels-toxic-mercury-identified-faster-scientists-new-method-297834


 

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