We should know how to recognize face cream containing mercury as the substance is harmful to the skin. Mercury is essentially a matter that is most rapidly to make the skin becomes white. It's just that this substance has negative side effects. Cosmetics containing mercury will eventually erode or destroy the outer layer of skin. The skin may look white and smooth but actually the skin becomes thinner and no longer has a protective coating. The skin becomes more sensitive and vulnerable to damage. For example, if exposure to sunlight, although only briefly, the skin will feel sore and look red.
Cosmetic with mercury usually should always be used. If not, the skin will become dull, dark, black spots appear, sometimes black spots spread widely on the skin. Whereas for non-mercury cosmetic; if the usage is stopped, it will have less impact on the skin. The dangers of cosmetics with mercury aren’t only on the skin. In the long-term use, mercury may enter the blood circulation as well as damage nerve and kidney. It could even cause cancer.
How to identify face cream containing mercury is not easy. But at least when using a face cream, you must carefully choose and consider these first:
1. Looking for signs that the cosmetic brand has been officially registered at the Agency for Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mercury has included material that is prohibited for cosmetic.
2. Seeing the creamy texture. A beauty and skin health expert explained that the cream containing mercury usually sticky. When the cream is left to stand in the open air, it will look like the liquid oil separates from the solid portion. Besides, the cream color also tends to be more striking shiny white or yellow.
3. Mercury cream generally has a fairly pungent odor. This is to cover up the smell of metallic mercury. The early use of the cream will make the skin irritated, only briefly exposed to sunlight, the skin appears reddish.
4. Mercury cream also whitens faster. If during the first daily usage about 7-10 days, your skin already looks white, smooth and clean, then it might be the cream contains mercury.
The other safe way is to use a cream that is already well known brand and buy it on the official site. It is better not to wear cream which its origin is not yet clear. You can find out in advance. For example, by asking friends and searching for further information. Or you may also join an online forum that discusses safe and dangerous cosmetics.