Detection of toxic metals in lipsticks products in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Khairia Mohamed Ahmed Al-Qahtani, Hatem Abdel Moniem Ahmed, Mashaeel Bijad Al-Otaibi

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Abstract

Since the dawn of civilization cosmetics have constituted a part of routine body care not only by the upper strata of society but also by middle and low class people. Heavy metals contamination in cosmetic products is becoming an important health problem in both worldwide and locally at the level of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The aim of this study was to study. Quantitatively estimated heavy metals "lead, cadmium, mercury and Arsenic" using graphite. Total of 21 popular brands used lipstick products sold in Riyadh market samples from 3 different types of lipsticks frequently used among females in Saudi Arabia was digested. The digested samples were analyzed for lead, cadmium, mercury and Arsenic using graphite furnace- atomic absorption spectrometry. The mercury concentration was high followed by arsenic and cadmium, finally lead. The results indicate that the toxic heavy metals in all the samples were below the US FDA and SFDA permissible limits for cosmetic products with the exception the mercury content in some lipstick samples was higher than SFDA. There was no significant difference among the lipsticks in price categories. Continuous use and possible unintended ingestion of these toxic heavy metals, though in low levels in the cosmetics, may pose potential health risk due to their bioaccumulation in body organs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1929-1936
Number of pages8
JournalOriental Journal of Chemistry
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Mercury
Arsenic
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Keywords

  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Lipsticks
  • Toxic metals

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Al-Qahtani, Khairia Mohamed Ahmed ; Ahmed, Hatem Abdel Moniem ; Al-Otaibi, Mashaeel Bijad. / Detection of toxic metals in lipsticks products in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In: Oriental Journal of Chemistry. 2016 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 1929-1936.
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Detection of toxic metals in lipsticks products in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. / Al-Qahtani, Khairia Mohamed Ahmed; Ahmed, Hatem Abdel Moniem; Al-Otaibi, Mashaeel Bijad.

In: Oriental Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.01.2016, p. 1929-1936.

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