Lipstick is a cosmetic product that many women can’t live without and because of this test was done to check the quality and safety for its users.
Surprisingly, the studies show that some lipsticks contain toxins like lead. Sixty-one percent of the lipsticks tested had detectable lead levels. One-third of the lipsticks exceeded accepted U.S. levels of lead for products that are ingested. The Dior lipstick was found to contain more than twice as much lead as is allowed.
Among the U.S. lipsticks with the highest lead levels were:
- L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red” –- 0.65 ppm
- L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine” –- 0.58 ppm
- Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red” –- 0.56 ppm
- Dior Addict “Positive Red” –- 0.21 ppm
Lead in your lipstick may come from one of two places: colorants, which may contain lead, or as byproducts from ingredients obtained from raw materials like petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin. The only limit that the FDA has established is for FD&C color additives that are sometimes used to color lipstick, and these are allowed to contain 10-20 ppm of lead.
Also studies have found that there were no safe level of lead since it is a substance that does not breakdown in the body and will be accumulated for a life time. And according to Dr. Mercola in his natural health newsletter, there are other toxins that can be found in variety of cosmetic and personal products like paraben, phthalates, muska and methylisothiazolinone. This toxins can be directly absorbed by the body that may cause health problems.
It is advice that women must be aware on the contents or ingredients of the cosmetics and personal products that they will use. They must be cautious enough that cosmetics specifically lipsticks should be as pure as the food you eat. And as suggested by Dr. Mercola look for organic make up that are effective and does not contain synthetic materials. To find out more about natural health visit www.mercola.com and subscribe to FREE Natural Health Newsletter.