Trace element determination in beauty products by k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis

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A recent study on trace elements in beauty products and cosmetics sold on the Asian market has shown the presence of high levels of U, Th and rare earth elements in so called ‘‘Hormesis cosmetics.’’ For the purpose of comparison, some more information about trace elements in European cosmetics would be useful. In this paper the results obtained using k0-standardised Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (k0-INAA) for more than 20 trace elements in 20 different beauty products collected from the European market are presented. We found traces of Ba, As and Sb which is in breach with European legislation. For some of the other elements like Cr and Co further speciation is needed in order to evaluate their presence in beauty products.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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