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Lead in Lipsticks, and Other Ingredients to Watch Out For

Okay, so most American Women love to wear make-up, but to be realistic, did you actually think there would be nothing harmful in it? I wish there wasn’t, but it seems like almost everything you need to be cautious of! We already have to worry about the food that we consume, and now we can’t even just put on some make-up, or wash our hair without thinking “could this be harmful to my health”? It’s pretty ridiculous don’t you think?

Anyway, I digress. Back to the lipstick.

It seems like every year, there is a deferent list of lead in lipstick levels that come out. The lipsticks that are on pretty much every list I’ve seen, are L’oreal and Maybelline. It’s not only one of their lipsticks I’ve seen on the list, but as many as five! A lot of the lipsticks I’ve seen that were contaminated, were in the color red. Not that, that means anything.

The Food and Drug Administration says, “Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks, to be a safety concern”.  That’s not true. Most women apply lipstick several times a day, which more and more of the lead will be stored into the body. Too much lead can affect nearly every system in the body, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Lead poisoning can damage the nervous, muscular and reproductive systems, and had been linked to kidney damage and reduce IQ in children.

Lead isn’t the only ingredient, that you should watch out for. Here are some others:






Artificial fragrances

Petroleum byproducts


Cosmetics should be as pure as the food you eat, since in the end, It’s all being absorbed into your body.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and make sure you check out the ingredients in the cosmetics you’re about to purchase.

DISCLAIMER: Some of the information in this post, was from CBS News, and Dr. Mercola.

This entry was published on June 4, 2012 at 1:22 AM and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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