Lipstick with lead
As women, we are lucky to have the luxury to get creative with endless styles of makeup to accentuate our most attractive features. We’re able to give ourselves glowing tans by rich bronzers, full bodied lips using colorful lipsticks and bold eyelashes with thick mascaras- but could these products be causing us more harm than good?
Like most of us, you probably use lipstick every day to soften and moisturize your lips while also adding a splash of color. You went through brand after brand and spent $100’s of dollars to find your favorite style and color. After all that hard work and money, you’ve relied on that amazing lipstick for years and know every shop that stocks it. Unfortunately some of the most popular branded lipsticks contain a lot of controversial chemicals that cosmetic companies have kept hidden from the public eye.
Hang on, so what is hidden in my lipstick?
Much research has been undertaken to determine what is truly contained in lipstick. One chemical in particular that has come under heavy scrutiny is lead. Lipstick with lead is very common because lead is a naturally occurring element that is used as a color additive in lipstick. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Lead is one of the most toxic metals to humans and has been shown to lead to birth defects in children, infertility, cancer and a host of other alarming side effects. Big companies like L’Oreal and Cover Girl are guilty of using lead as a red color additive. Lipstick with lead certainly needs its message spread far and wide amongst women.
Let’s crunch some numbers
Currently the FDA (U.S Food & Drug Administration) claim that lipstick with lead is safe if it contains less than 10ppm (parts per million) as it would not pose “any health risk“. The scary fact is an average women can ingest up to 10 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime- yes all those times you lick that delicious cherry flavor off your lips could be harming your health! Lead is also very common in many other cosmetics you use daily, meaning the “safe” levels of 10ppm of lead has a lot to answer for, as you’re exposing yourself to lead multiple times over. Remember that any other country can have a different rule on how much lead is allowed in a lipstick-or no rule at all!
So what can I do to protect myself?
It’s OK to ask questions and do research into your favorite lipstick product. Before buying, always turn the lipstick over and read the back of the ingredient list. A quick Google search on the ingredients will reveal what they actually are and if they are toxic.
It’s very common for lipstick companies to make statements such as “natural ingredients” to appeal to the consumer, however they can still get away with the use of harmful chemicals to preserve those natural ingredients.
Lead is just the tip of the iceberg and we hope to shed light on everything else you might find in your favorite cosmetics. Luckily there are many lipstick companies who care about your health and will only use ingredients that are both natural and safe so you can ease your mind about lipstick with lead.
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