Be very careful where you buy your beauty supplies. Knockoff beauty products could be hazardous to your health.

It may be a cheap alternative to buy knockoff beauty products and toiletries, but consumers are being warned that the fake products can actually be hazardous to your health, CBS News reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are also seeing a spike in the use of the alternative products, as data shows that CBP personnel seized nearly $1.4 billion worth of counterfeit goods last year, according to the report. Those employees said one of their top priorities is spotting those fake products that can be harmful to your health.

Customs agents collected more than 2,000 shipments of fake beauty products in 2016, CBS reported, making the knockoff toiletry items more common than fake handbags.

Some of the fake beauty products have been found to contain hazardous chemicals like arsenic, mercury and aluminum.


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