You use grooming products every day. But do you truly understand the health risks some products convey?
Lead-Lined Lip Gloss
My little girl loves to wear sparkly lip gloss. I thought it was safe and less adult than lipstick. Well, no longer. With education comes fear, and with it responsibility. The website MotherJones.com reported on a small study wherein teenagers willingly turned over their lipsticks to researchers to be tested for toxic metals — including lead and cadmium.
While researchers did find an array of toxins and levels of contaminants in these lipsticks, they found something scary. Girls who applied lipstick two to three times daily were at risk of ingesting “20 percent of the daily amount that’s considered safe in drinking water or more” of toxic aluminum, cadmium, chromium and magnesium. And for those ladies who apply it more (up to 14 times per day, with study participants), the daily “safe” allowance of these metals was surpassed.
What’s worse: 75 percent of the sample lipstick and lip gloss products studies contained lead.
Lead is toxic at any level, and unsafe and unfit for human consumption. Exposure and ingestion of lead, cadmium, aluminum, et al. can lead to some very serious health issues, including miscarriage, seizures, breast cancer and brain damage.
So why would companies, including Burt’s Bees, be lining their beauty products with toxic and potentially deadly metals? It’s for pigment enhancement. The product has to make you look good, after all. This represents another salacious act for money over health, with complete disregard for consumers, by companies who often claim “all natural” and “safe.”
In 2007, a large study of lipsticks by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead in 61 percent of the products tested. The FDA conducted two follow-up studies in 2009 and 2012 and reported a review on 400 lipstick shades.
The worst lead-lined lip products include:
- Maybelline Color Sensational
- L’Oreal Colour Riche
- NARS Semi-Matte
- Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color
- NARS Semi-Matte
- L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor
- Cover Girl Continuous Color
- Stargazer Lipstick
- Revlon Matte
Whenever you shop, try your best to find out as much as you can about the grooming products you use on a daily basis. Not just lipstick, but shampoo, shaving cream, dry skin lotion and toothpaste. Ignore the marketing slogans, and seek truth. Burt’s Bees fooled us, and so did the “all natural” label.
If you want to live a longer, happier and healthier life, take a moment to invest some time in yourself. Do your own research so you can consume and buy the best products available. Base your buying habits on personal knowledge, not brand marketing.