Did you know that that the lipstick you wear all day long, could actually be poisoning you with its high lead content? In a shocking revelation, a study shows that several brands of lipsticks contain much higher amount of lead, than is allowed by the FDA for the use in candy.
The study conducted by the Underwriters Laboratories on several brands of lipstick, has revealed that 12 of the 22 samples collected, tested positive for lead with levels as high as 3.22 parts per million.
Lipsticks from brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal, NARS and Cover Girls were all found to contain lead. The lead in the lipstick gets into a women’s bloodstream via the skin of her lips or when she ingests the lipsticks after application. Lead is a neurotoxin and can cause serious health issues and mental disorders.
The medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program- Dr Sean Palfrey, expressing his views on these findings, stated:
“even the lowest levels of lead can harm your IQ, your behavior, your ability to learn.”
Lead in lipsticks is not one of its main manufacturing ingredient’s but comes indirectly from the colorant added to make them. Janet Nudelman of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in this regard stated:
“Clearly the concerning part is that more than half of the lipsticks do contain lead, but half of them don’t, proving that it’s possible to manufacture a lipstick without lead.”
As of now, there are no standards set by the FDA, regarding the maximum levels of toxic content in lipsticks; but findings like these may soon compel the FDA, to recommend an upper limit for the same.
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