Justice Clothing Store has issued a recall on their Just Shine Shimmer Powder. The makeup, which the store markets to teens and tweens, was found to contain traces of asbestos. The makeup in question is “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” sold at Justice Stores, a clothing store for girls and tweens.
A investigation began when had several samples of makeup. Specifically made for kids and teens tested to see what’s in the makeup that’s not listed as an ingredient. Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro tested the products.
Sean Fitzgerald, the Director of Research and Analytical Services at the lab said the results for the “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” were alarming.
Not only did his lab find four heavy metals in the makeup, asbestos was also found in the “Just Shine Shimmer Powder.” When it comes to the powder, Fitzgerald added, “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is.”
Asbestos is dangerous for anyone to consume, but especially young children.
“In this powder designed for children. They could die an untimely death in their thirties or forties because of the exposure to asbestos in this product,” Fitzgerald said.
“Fibers like this get into your breathing zone, and when you inhale. These fibers can get into the lung and go to the very bottom of the lung. That is exactly where you have the greatest likelihood of asbestos to cause disease,” Fitzgerald said.
Disease such as cancer. Fitzgerald added that the potential effects of inhaling asbestos don’t show up right away.
“Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he’s 50 years old, it’s still there,” he explained.
So, how does asbestos even get into makeup?
“What we have here is a talc that was contaminated with asbestos that was used to manufacture a product unfortunately aimed at young children,” Fitzgerald said.
Talc is a common ingredient you’ll find in a lot of makeup.
“Talc is a mineral, but it also forms in the earth with other minerals and some of those minerals are asbestos,” Fitzgerald said.
The Food and Drug Administration considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with this. In 2009 and 2010, the agency did test samples of talc from four suppliers along with 34 makeup samples and found no asbestos fibers in any of the samples tested.
“The problem is, it’s not necessarily the manufacturer. There was no intent to put this in the talc. They shouldn’t have been using that reserve, because they should’ve tested it and known that that talc source was contaminated with this,” Fitzgerald said.
Besides asbestos, Scientific Analytical Institute also found the heavy metals Barium, Chromium, Lead, and Selenium in the “Just Shine Shimmer Powder.”
“The more lead you have in your system, the more negative health effects you’re going to have. Any amount of lead can be absorbed through the skin and go into your blood, and contribute to your overall poisoning of your blood,” Fitzgerald said.
As a parent, the best advice is to read the ingredients listed on the product. You can also find products that are talc free. The only real way to see whether asbestos is in makeup is through testing. There are websites you can use, such as http://www.ewg.org/, which verifies products that are toxic free and safe to use in your home. you may search for different types of makeup, food sources, and household cleaning products. You can also see how what you are using rates on the EWG scale of low, medium, or high hazard.
This is not the first time that toxins have been found in children’s makeup. In 2016, The Breast Cancer Fund along with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested children’s cosmetics.