Companies that produce makeup and other personal care products profit billions of dollars from their sales annually.
As new products arise every single day, they hit the shelves before the United States government tests them.
Therefore, even if you are struggling to consume drinks and foods free of chemicals, and use toxin-free household cleaners, you might still be exposed to such negative influence, from the makeup you use.
Have you even thought about reading the labels of your makeup products, like your shampoo, lipstick, deodorant, and other personal care products? Apparently, they are loaded with various chemicals.
Namely, the application of lipstick several times daily might expose you to high amounts of lead, which might be ingested or absorbed through the skin.
The testing conducted by the Canada-based Environmental Defense group involved 49 different makeup items, and the findings were revealed in a report under the title“Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals In Face Makeup.” The 49 different makeup items included:
14 eye shadows, 8 lipsticks or glosses, 5 blushes or bronzers, 7 mascaras, 5 foundations, 4 concealers, 4 powders, and 2 eyeliners.
The analysis showed that almost all products contained serious heavy metal contamination, as 96% contained lead, 90% contained beryllium, 61% contained thallium, 51% contained cadmium, and 20% contained arsenic.
The even more disturbing news is that most of the products contained an average of 4 out of the 8 metals tested, and each product contained an average of 2 of the 4 toxic metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. These metals cause severe health side-effects.
The FDA report from a couple of years ago listed 400 different lipsticks that contained trace amounts of lead. Even though it was stated that these amounts were low, and they did not pose a safety concern, Dr. Mark Mitchell, co-chairman of the Environmental Health Task Force for the National Medical Association, claims that
“Lead builds in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day can add up to significant exposure levels.”
Another study conducted in Canada showed that 51% of the analyzed products contained cadmium, which is a known carcinogenic material. It has been found in breast cancer biopsies.
The major concern is that these metals do not cause severe side-effects right away, but the issues develop over time, and raise the risk of reproductive disorders, cancer, and numerous health issues.
The following list contains the lipsticks you should avoid at all costs:
On the other hand, the following list contains some safer lipstick alternatives:
The following video will reveal some interesting lead-free lipstick ideas: