While your smartphone is spying on you, your lipstick is killing you, slowly:
More than half of popular cosmetics being sold in the US and Canada are likely to contain high levels of toxic chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a new study has warned.
Researchers from Notre Dame University tested more than 200 products including concealers, foundations, eye and eyebrow products and lip products, and found evidence of PFAS in around half (52 per cent) of them.
Worryingly, previous research has linked certain PFAS to a range of health issues, including kidney cancer, testicular cancer, hypertension, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children.
Professor Graham Peaslee, who led the study, said: 'PFAS is a persistent chemical - when it gets into the bloodstream, it stays there and accumulates.
Apparently, it's killing the environment, too:
'There's also the additional risk of environmental contamination associated with the manufacture and disposal of these products, which could affect many more people.'
I'm glad I hardly ever use it, last time I bought a lipstick and a tube of skin cream it was from an organic store, but now I'm not sure whether they could be trusted, either...