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CURRENT SCENARIO OF COSMETIC TOXICITY AND ITS AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE- A CRITICAL REVIEW

*Dr. Kundan Rameshwar Meshram, Dr. Arvind Charandas Tumram and Dr. Shama S. Suryawanshi

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Human being especially females are so beauty conscious that they always inclines their special attention towards skin and its complexion. Since everybody not born with desired appearances, people tend to achieve that by the use of various kinds of cosmetics in their day to day life. Today‟s generation is fascinated more toward westernized life style & cosmetics which are care materials used to develop the appearance. These materials are proposed to apply on the human body for cleaning, enlightening, increasing charm of the body. A wide range of chemicals are used in the cosmetics as ingredient, active substances, colorants & preservatives. These cosmetics include skin care creams & lotions, cleansers and body washes, nail polishes, deodorants & many more. Most of the cosmetic products contain hazardous chemicals like Talcum, parabens, Coal tar dye, Phthalates, Fragrance, Triethanolamine and some heavy metals like Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium, etc. Generally peoples are not aware of adverse effects of these chemicals. Due to long term usages, these chemicals accumulates into the body and can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, contact dermatitis, hair loss, lung damage, ageing, skin disease, allergies and effect on nails. In Ayurveda, cosmetic toxicity comes under the concept of Dushi Visha. This article aims to discuss about effects of cosmetics on human health and solutions in perspective of ancient toxicology.

Keywords: Cosmetics, ancient toxicology, chemicals, Dushi visha.


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