A fear for lipstick lovers due to lead

Lily Pollack, Editor

Do you know what you’re putting on your lips?

Recently there has been a concern with big name cosmetic companies and their incorporation of lead in lipsticks. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), lead is used in color pigments added to cosmetics. The levels are considered to not be toxic, seeing that lipstick is used as a topical product, has limited absorption and is only ingested in small amounts.

In a survey conducted in 2010, the average amount of lead found in over 400 types of lipstick was 1.11 ppm (parts per million). Make-up companies such as Revlon, Maybelline, L’Oreal and Cover Girl all have notable amounts of lead in their lipsticks. Cover Girl, according to the chart provided on the FDA website, has a lipstick called “Maximum Red” with 3.05 ppm of lead.

Although it may seem like it’s not a big deal, lead accumulates in the body over time. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, there is no safe level of lead. When a person is slathering on lipstick like no tomorrow the levels build up and cause safety and health concerns. Such as lowered IQ and language and behavioral problems.

Harsh chemicals can be  found in many other cosmetic products as well. It would make sense that cheaper products are more of a host for these chemicals.



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