Deadly Lipstick? Lead And Other Harmful Materials May Be In Your Purse

You are getting ready to go out with your friends and you want to add a kick to your look, so you run to the mall and grab a brand new lipstick.

This new lipstick becomes your all time favorite and you use it for work, to go out, and to hang out casually. It’s officially your “holy grail” product.

Unfortunately, your favorite lipstick might have traces of lead in it. It’s become difficult to outrun the horror of lead.

Lead can be in our drinking water, in the soil our children play in, in the pipes of our homes, in the paint, in the dust, and now our lipsticks.

How much lead is in lipstick?

According to the FDA, cosmetic products should have less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead.

They found lead in a total of 685 cosmetics on the market. That included all of the lipsticks tested, which showed levels ranging from 0.09 to 3.06 ppm. They followed up with another test, and released results in 2010. That study showed lead in 400 lipsticks, with the highest coming in at 7.19 ppm.

The products tested to prove that they contain the amount the FDA allows. However, this raises concerns because we do not know how much we’ve already accumulated in our bodies.

The CDC estimates that adults typically absorb up to 20 percent of ingested lead, and most inhaled lead. “The body accumulates lead over a lifetime,” they say, “and normally releases it very slowly.”

Why is lead bad for you?

Unlike children, women aren’t putting objects in their mouths out of curiosity.

Children are more susceptible to lead poisoning because they tend to place objects in their mouths and unfortunately sometimes those objects contain lead.

Although women aren’t placing random objects in their mouths, they may be wearing cosmetic products that contain levels of lead in them.

This can result in many health problems, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nerve disorders
  • Fertility issues
  • Kidney Problems
  • High Blood Pressure

You can read more about it here.

 What can you do?

Now that you know your lipstick might have traces of lead in it, find out what else in your life might have lead in it too:

  • Your tap water
  • The paint in your home
  • The pipes in your home
  • The soil in your area

Lead accumulates in our bodies with time, therefore knowing the sources give us more control of what is going inside of our bodies.

Let’s be real now, we aren’t going to let go of our lippies anytime soon but let us protect our health first and foremost.

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Norbelis Hernandez

Norbelis seeks to help others achieve job satisfaction through the application of psychological principals in the workplace. Her daily objective is to live life as an existentialist living authentically and helping others do the same.