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Beauty products seen containing risky chemicals

Beauty products seen containing risky chemicals

Fashionable wine yeast whitening masks may contain harmful chemical substitutes, said the Consumers' Foundation yesterday.
Wine yeast masks have been in high demand recently because it was advertised as a product that can both whiten and moisture skin. The mask consists of a residue of wine so it contains some natural elements, such as anti-oxidants, amino acids, protein, 5~6 percent of alcohol and the widely heard of cosmetics ingredient, Pittera.
However, wine yeast masks contain higher levels of alcohol and some artificial chemical elements, such as antiseptics and methylparaben, which may irritate sensitive skin.
"Methylparaben is a preservative and a fungicide but it is harmful to people's skin," said Gaston J. Wu, a professor from the chemistry department at National Taiwan Normal University.
The foundation also pointed out the problems of the products being mislabeled. On September 21, the foundation randomly investigated thirteen wine yeast mask products and found 62 percent of the products were without Chinese labeled guidelines, 15 percent had no warning labels, and 77 percent of the products which had warning labels were unclear.
"Consumers may be misled by labels with inaccurate instructions" said Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏), vice chairman of the foundation, adding that the foundation has received many calls from consumers who were using the wine yeast masks incorrectly. He suggested that users of the product should pay more attention to the labels.


Updated : 2021-10-29 03:55 GMT+08:00