THE FACT OF UNREGULATED HEAVY METALS CONTENT IN DEAD SEA BLACK MUD-BASED COSMETICS
Results of the Direct Current Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (DCP-AES) analysis of the heavy metals concentration (ppm) in the samples are presented. No special enrichment of heavy metals in the mud was noticed. But since there are no internationally or locally used heavy metals regulations for cosmetics until the date of preparing this paper, we could not have a solid statement for possible heavy metal pollution in the mud, emphasizing on lead, which had an average content of 50 ppm in the analyzed samples.
It turned out that the authority of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over cosmetics does not guarantee safe mud-based facial masks. FDA is only able to regulate cosmetics after products are released to the marketplace. Neither cosmetic products nor cosmetic ingredients are reviewed or approved by FDA before they are sold to the public. Moreover, FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetic products before marketing.