Toxic Kisses


I am not a lipstick lover myself and neither is my husband if you know what I mean.  But being concerned about health and environment I really wanted to go further into the subject. 

The first question is, can these products be making women sick? can they be safely used by everyone? Better information would help consumers understand and limit their daily exposure.  So here is a bit of what I found:

Researchers asked a group of women to hand over their lipsticks and glosses and tested them for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium. It happens that metal content varies widely from brand to brand, but in general they found that women who apply lipstick two to three times daily can ingest up to 20 percent of the daily amount that's considered safe of aluminum, cadmium, chromium, and manganese. Hey, and what about those girls that keep all day a glossy smile and apply it 14 times a day or more, they are surpassing the daily recommended exposure to chromium, aluminum, and manganese.

Cadmium is a carcinogen that has been found in breast cancer biopsies and shown to cause cancer cells to multiply in lab experiments. Why are metals often used in mineral dyes? It is because they give lipstick its pigment. What's concerning is that we look pretty in color, but consumers don't really know what they're putting in their lips.

Several health problems will arise such as headaches, but they can go from miscarriages to seizures in adults.  In children, lead exposure to more important body changes and health issues.


For some reason (lobbying i.e.) here in America we have to be more alert. Over the years, the US has banned only 22 chemicals outright. For comparison, the European Union currently bans more than 1,300 chemicals.



So what's important is:
1. Read the labels and find lipsticks with low percentage of these metals.
2. Do not apply lipstick when is not "necessary".
3. Don't apply lipstick just before eating.
4. Try not to let your princess to play with your lipsticks

I found this comprehensive table explaining the amount of lead in each of the following brands:



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