Glo Investigates: Dirty Looks
The bottom line on the beauty and fashion health hazards making news
Just in case you need another reason to splurge on precious metals, know that more than half the bargain baubles tested by nonprofit organization Ecology Center contained hazardous levels of heavy metals. Of the 99 items tested, 27 had high levels of lead. "This isn't dangerous for most women, but children often suck on jewelry, ingesting these unhealthy toxins," says Palfrey. Most prevalent in the jewelry was chromium and nickel, which cause an allergic reaction in as many as one in four women. "Many of these items are imported from China and other countries where these metals aren't measured as well as they are here in the U.S.," says Palfrey. "If you notice any redness or itching, then stop wearing the accessory and opt for jewelry made of less-hazardous materials such as silver and gold." And here's a good thing to know before summer: Research shows that sweat can corrode nickel, which releases more metal. So if you're in love with those cheap bargain hoops, then consider saving them for fall.
Get the Skinny
As if the trendy, snug-fitting pants weren't hard enough to pull off, it turns out that skinnies may cause nerve damage. "Too-tight pants can put pressure on the nerve in the pelvis, causing painful burning and tingling in your thigh known as meralgia paresthetica," says Orly Avitzur, M.D., M.B.A., a neurologist and medical advisor for Consumer Reports. "Fortunately, it won't hurt the muscle or cause long-term damage, but it can be quite painful and interfere with quality of life." So how do you know if your skinny jeans are too skinny? "If your pants are difficult to get into or move in or zip up, they may cause health problems," says Avitzur. Now you have a perfect excuse to rock those new trouser jeans!