Radiological hazard assessment of natural gross radioactivity in some cosmetic products

SOGUT O., Zorer O. S., Reyhanlıoğlu H.

ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSICS, vol.19, no.2, pp.143-149, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15275922.2018.1449036
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-149
  • Keywords: Cosmetic products, gross alpha, gross beta, effective dose, WATER, ALPHA
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Many kinds of cosmetic products were analyzed to determine gross radioactivity. In this study, gross alpha/beta radioactivity concentrations in 51 cosmetic samples were determined. The examined cosmetic products consist of blusher, eye shadow, lipstick, nail polish, shampoo, hand cream, cellulite cream, baby powder, soap, and toothpaste. The gross alpha-beta activity concentrations were measured with a nuclear spectroscopic system which contains gas-flow proportional counters. The highest gross alpha/beta activity concentrations were found in eye shadow samples of 1.621Bq g(-1) for alpha and 6.471Bq g(-1) for beta. The total effective doses due to gross radioactivity for skin were calculated. Although the effective dose of eye shadow samples had the highest value, the effective doses due to gross radioactivity concentrations in this study were found to be lower than the radiological limits given by the authorities.