Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Is Lipstick Hazardous to Your Health?

According to an article in The New York Times, a new study found that in addition to a trace amount of lead, a wide range of lipstick brands contain as many as eight other metals--from cadmium to aluminum. Now experts are speculating about what happens when these metals are swallowed and absorbed every day?

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration published a report that found traces of lead in 400 leading lipstick brands including Cover Girl, Maybelline and L'Oreal.

Although the lead found in lipstick reportedly causes no real or unusual health risk, the Center for Disease Control has acknowledged that no level of lead is really safe.  And the new study published in the journal Environmental Heath Perspectives, also found traces of cadmium, cobalt, aluminum, titanium, manganese, chromium, copper and nickel in 24 lipsticks and eight lipstick brands priced from $5.59 to $24.

What this means for you?  To make an informed choice, Everything She Wants' suggests you read the labels on your makeup products or research them online before making a purchase. We also recommend trying to find lead-free lipsticks like AfterGlow Cosmetics Organic Infused Lip Love Lipstick or lipstick brands that contain minimal amounts of metals like The Body Shop, Tarte and Clinique.

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