Scientific American reports that a new global treaty will limit the use of mercury. Under this new treaty, everything from lightbulbs to batteries to medical devices will be banned. Certain skin-lightening treatments are also included.

Thankfully, Restorsea contains only safe skin-lightening agents including the naturally derived Songyi mushroom extract found in our Renormalizing Serum and Reviving Cleanser.

However, what’s not included in the treaty is mascara. Companies often use mercury in mascara to serve as a preservative and germ-killer. While no scientific studies have explored the effects of low concentrations of mercury in mascara, it is a potent neurotoxicant which in high concentrations can cause serious neurological effects and kidney damage.

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