It seems to be true – your lipstick might be harming you. The average woman ingests a total of 24 mg of lip products a day but the problem is what these products contain. In addition if you are one who takes out your mirror (or not) and reapplies and reapplies you may be getting 80 mg of lip products daily.
In a study researchers from the University Of California Berkeley School Of Public Health studied 32 commonly sold brands of lipstick and lip gloss. They found that many types of metals with potentially toxic amounts were in them. This is especially hazardous to kids who play “dress up.” Unfortunately, the brand, color, type of lip product or price do not correlate with how toxic the lip product is.
Lead was found in 75% of the tested cosmetics; however, the levels were not horrifically high so lead is not the most toxic material.
Manganese, titanium and aluminum were found in all products. Manganese is toxic to the nervous system.
Higher than average amounts of chromium found in 10 of the products. Chromium is a known carcinogen that has been linked by health officials to lung cancer and stomach tumors through inhalation or swallowing of the metal.
Cadmium, found in low levels in water, might become too much for the body to handle if combined with the accidental intake of lip products. As a carcinogen, cadmium has also been linked to lung cancer.
Pregnant women are at a heightened risk of causing neurological and cognitive problems for their unborn children.
A 2007 study found that the brands containing highest traces of lead were L’Oreal, Revlon, Cover Girl, Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Burt’s Bees, Sonia Kashuk, and Maybelline, with few pieces from Lancôme and least from Avon, Jafra, Mary Kay, M.A.C. and Elizabeth Arden. These are some of the most widely used brands among teens and adults.
What are some brands with extremely low traces of lead, at least among most of their products?
• Mood Magic
• Iman Cosmetics
• Bobbi Brown
• Wet ‘N Wild