Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Determination of Lead and Cadmium in cosmetic products

Author(s): Amit S Chauhan, Rekha Bhadauria, Atul K Singh, Sharad S Lodhi, Dinesh K Chaturvedi, Vinayak S Tomar

Heavy metal toxicity to the humans and animals is t he result of long term low or high level exposure to pollutants common in our environment in cluding in air we breathe, water, food etc. Apart from these, numerous consumer products like c osmetics and toiletries have been reported as a source of heavy metal exposure to human beings . Heavy metals like lead and cadmium were determined in different cosmetics products viz soap , face cream, shampoo, shaving cream etc from local market of Gwalior with atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Lead was prominently detected in all of cosmetics products followed by c admium. Among the different cosmetics products studied, the highest heavy metal contamina tion was found in bathing soap. Present study concludes that though in less amount but beau ty cosmetic products are contaminate with heavy metals and hence may results in skin problems .

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