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Aluminium ‘Safe For Use In Cosmetics’

The European Commission’s Scientific Community for Consumer Safety (SCCS) has reiterated that it is safe for companies to use aluminium in products such as antiperspirant provided that it complies with the limits laid out in European regulations.

In a previous opinion delivered in 2014, the 17 independent chemistry and toxicology experts who make up the SCCS, said that there was insufficient scientific data available to enable them to assess how much aluminium the human body absorbs from cosmetics.

Premium Beauty News reported that, since this opinion was made, new studies have been carried out, enabling the SCCS to reassess its guidance.

Following the release of new data, the SCCS has opened a new discussion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetics, which will be open until February of this year. It’s considering allowing companies to use the substance in lipstick and toothpaste at certain concentrations, Cosmetics Business revealed.

The report from the SCCS stated that people are exposed to aluminium in much more significant quantities through their diets.

“The SCCS considers that the systemic exposure to aluminium via daily applications of cosmetic products does not add significantly to the systemic body burden of aluminium from other sources,” it asserted.

It is therefore considering allowing aluminium to be included in toothpaste at a concentration of 2.65 per cent and in lipstick at a concentration of 0.77 per cent, Cosmetics Business reported.

In spray antiperspirants, aluminium is currently allowed at a concentration of 6.25 per cent, and in non-spray products at a concentration of 10.6 per cent.

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