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Nanotechnology and Nanoparticles in Beauty Products

Beauty Byte: Are Nanoparticles Safe?

Remember when I tried out the $125 soap? You know, the one that used nano-silver particles, among other fancy ingredients? Well, the kind of nanotechnology used in it is now under fire. Cue the hypochondria.

Eighty times thinner than a strand of human hair, nanoparticles are used in beauty products to improve the delivery power of ingredients. It might sound all cool and futuristic, but is it? Since these little specks are so tiny, they can make their way into the body's protective barriers, which could cause toxic results.

This has consumer groups worrying about the safety of this fairly new technology and lack of regulations thereof. Most consumers aren't even aware of the use of nano in the first place, let alone any safety problems that exist. Are you concerned?


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Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
!!? For real? Yeeps, I had no idea. :( Farewell, Citizen, hope things work out for you... Anyways, as foxie said, I too recall reading something about this years ago, it brings out the conspiracy theory side of me and I want nothing to do with nanoparticles, no thank you. Skin is designed to keep stuff OUT for a reason. Circumventing that is dangerous and unwise. Nanoparticles for a given purpose in a consistent, sterile environment is one thing but that environment is immediately compromised when you open the package, period. thanks! There is no substitute for staying out of the sun, protecting your skin, avoiding smoking, getting enough sleep and not eating crap. I rather do THAT than stick "nano-anything" on my skin.
foxie foxie 8 years
The staff member.
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 8 years
Fired? The whole channel or the staff member?
foxie foxie 8 years
They just fired CitizenSugar, so I'm not crossing my fingers for a new WhateverSugar anytime soon. I wanted a VegSugar. =(
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 8 years
Oooh, thanks for pointing me towards the eco tag! :)
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Great suggestions everyone! We don't have a specific green site just yet, but in the meantime, check out our network "eco" tag:
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I like the "Green Sugar" idea, FlamesofJune. A lot of people want to be environmentally conscious but don't know how to get started or how to be cheap about it.
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 8 years
I'm concerned but not freaking out (yet), lately I've been looking into products without parabens that can replace the things I currently use. Occasionally I look things up on this website to see how the ingredients check out: Maybe there should be a "Green Sugar" that can help us out? I would enjoy that!
foxie foxie 8 years
This isn't new. I remember reading about the dangers of nano particles in some Cosmo magazine or something years ago. I think it's a pretty valid concern, so I try to avoid nano particles and anything specky.
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