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Nanoparticle technology turns personal care products toxic
by Danna Norek
(NaturalNews) Nanoparticle technology has been in popular use by skincare and cosmetics companies now for roughly a decade. The process takes normal sized, visibly detectable particles of materials like mica and other common ingredients and turns them so small they are invisible to the naked eye.
What would be the purpose behind micronizing particles? This makes products a more desirable consistency and caters to a perceived consumer demand for particular consistencies and ease of application. A perfect example is the use of nanoparticles of zinc oxide in sunscreens to reduce the “chalk white” effect that full sized particles can cause when applied to the skin.
The problem with nanoparticles
Minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, commonly used in sunscreen lotions, foundation and other liquid types of lotions are harmless in their normal size. They simply sit on the skin rather than absorbing in to the skin since they are too large to penetrate its protective barrier.
However, when these are broken down into nanoparticles which are often smaller than the size of a red blood cell, they are easily absorbed into the skin. There is research showing that nanoparticles of zinc oxide and other ingredients like aluminum collect in parts of the brain and cause cell death.
These particles are so easily absorbed that they are detectable in all areas of the body, including vital organs. Animal studies have shown that when they are applied to the skin, they penetrate tissues and cells causing damage when they begin to build up. The tiny size gives these particles the ability to travel the body extensively and can enhance their toxicity.