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Waterproof and long-lasting make-up may contain PFAS

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New research reveals that waterproof mascara, liquid lipsticks and foundation may contain cancer-linked 'forever chemicals', which could stay in the body for life.

Business Insider US reports that according a study published on 15 June 2021 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, in which researchers tested 231 make-up products for indicators of potentially toxic chemicals called PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), most waterproof mascara, liquid lipsticks and foundations tested had indicators of the chemicals.

Exposure to PFAS has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health problems.

Cosmetic products tested in the study came from stores and brands across the US and Canada. The study revealed that about half of them had high fluorine levels, which is how scientists spot the presence of PFAS. Most products did not list PFAS on the label.

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