ALUMINIUM

What is it?

“Aluminium or aluminum is a chemical element with symbol Al and atomic number 13. ” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the groups:

To advise people with kidney diseases, FDA requires all antiperspirant products with aluminium to include a warning statement.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund) writes that aluminum-based compounds differ in their toxicity but that some of them are linked to reproductive toxicity and cancer.

A study from the Neural Dynamics Research Group from the University of British Columbia found that the metal has clear negative impacts on the nervous system across the age span. Although, the amount of aluminium causing neurotoxicity was significantly higher in their study than in cosmetics, it is nevertheless toxic.

How is it used?

Aluminium is widely used and found in everything from food and beverage containers, to coins, and cars.

In cosmetics⋆, aluminium containing ingredients are generally used as color pigments (aluminium powder) and as thickening agents. The metal can function in cosmetics to make the colors non-water-soluble, preventing for example lipstick to ‘bleed’. It’s also possible to find the metal in compounds used in deodorants, pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter (OTC) drug products. In these kind of products, the compounds works as antacids and antiperspirants (to control sweat).

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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