University Chemistry ›› 2022, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (9): 2203080.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202203080

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"Heavy Metal Pollution Case" in Cosmetics World

Han Zhang1, Hongjie Song1, Yi Lv2,*()   

  1. 1 College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
    2 Analytical & Testing Center, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
  • Received:2022-03-28 Accepted:2022-05-11 Published:2022-08-29
  • Contact: Yi Lv


Since ancient times, cosmetics have been daily necessities that can be seen everywhere in people's daily life. However, in order to enhance the efficacy and earn profits, some illegal businessmen have added a large amount of heavy metals to cosmetics, which is harmful to the safety of consumers' lives and property. This paper introduces the function, principle, harm, and detection methods of heavy metal elements added to cosmetics, so as to enhance people's understanding of cosmetics and improve the safety awareness during purchasing and using cosmetics.

Key words: Cosmetics, Heavy metals, Hazards, Analysis