People have been warned of the dangers of illegal cosmetics, after rip-off versions of well-known products containing potentially dangerous levels of chemicals were seized.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said that as well as posing a risk to the wallets of consumers, fraudulent beauty products also pose a risk to their health as they can often contain toxic substances or illegal levels of certain chemicals.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of counterfeit cosmetics, including make-up and perfume, have been discovered by trading standards officers across the country.

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