Lead in Lipstick: Are there “safe” levels?

Posted on March 1st, 2012 in General News | No comments

A recent study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shown that your lipstick likely has a lot more lead in it than previously thought. I don’t know about you, but any of this heavy metal in lipstick seems like a lot more than I would have previously thought.

This study revealed over 400 brands of lipstick have approximately twice the amount of lead than what was reported by a previous FDA study. Maybelline Color Sensation by L’Oreal USA has the highest lead concentration of all the brands tested.

The FDA claims that these lead concentrations, up to 7.19 parts per million, are not high enough to cause any harm to users of these products.

But many doctors and activists believe that any amount of lead is an unsafe amount.

“How many millions of women have applied and reapplied lead-containing lipsticks since we first raised concerns about this problem five years ago? How many kids have played with their mom’s lipstick?” said Janet Nudelman, interim director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Why risk it? Use organic lip balm to give your lips that little something extra, and just avoid the potentially lead-contaminated lipsticks. You’re already beautiful.

Does knowing lead may be in your lipstick concern you?

 

Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics


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