Source: Down to Earth, New Delhi, Aprill 30, 2018
Have you ever wondered about those small glittering beads found in toothpastes, face washes, scrubs, nail paints, sunscreens, lotions, shaving creams and other personal care products? They are making the consumers ill, directly and indirectly. In some of these products, one can see microbeads—which are classified as microplastics—and in others one can’t.
Microplastics are those plastics less than 5 millimetres in size. The microbeads used in cosmetic products are less than 1 millimetre in size
There are umpteen number of studies, globally, to warn us about the use of microplastics in personal care products. The study done by New Delhi-based Toxics Link, has, for the first time, confirmed presence of microplastics in cosmetic products available in India as well.
During the course of the study, the researchers tested six varieties of face washes, three of body washes, three of face scrubs, one face mask and five live-on lotions (ones that stay on the skin) of national and international brands, along with the ‘herbal’ ones.
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