I remember making a post that I made last time about lethal lipsticks. Out of frustration, and lack of proof about lipsticks containing lead, I have come up with a post that disproves the truth about having lead in lipsticks. Well – not exactly not having lead, but the lead levels in the lipstick not being that high enough to cause harm on us. I have exhausted sources way back, and with this new source, I’m afraid it disproves my past post, so I am taking this action to further update and educate my readers of the latest news about this issue.
Just how fatal could lead be? Quoting from the source,
Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as
lowered IQ, reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women and young
children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta
and ma enter the fetal brain, where it interferes with normal development. Lead has also been
linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in both men and women, hormonal changes, menstrual
irregularities and delays in the onset of puberty. Lead builds up in the body over time and
leadâ€containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, combined with lead in water
and other sources, could add up to significant exposure levels.
One issue that is raised is that there would never be a tolerable amount of lead that could be deemed harmless. But then, we live in a world that is definitely not lead-free. It’s in the air, water, and land. It’s surprising that FDA has not got any regulatory limit on limits on lead content in lipsticks, and they have set their limit on lead content in candies ( yes, candies ), and they are actually both ingested. Yes, even licking the lips can cause the lipstick to be ingested by the body, so we might as less lead as we want. If we can’t avoid lead, we must try to have our cosmetics, particularly lipsticks contain the least amount of lead possible!
According to the test made by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, these brands and shade topped the list with regards with having the most amount of lead :
Lâ€™Oreal Colour Riche â€œTrue Redâ€ â€“ 0.65 ppm
Lâ€™Oreal Colour Riche â€œClassic Wineâ€ â€“ 0.58 ppm
Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor â€œMaximum Redâ€ â€“ 0.56 ppm
Christian Dior Addict â€œPositive Redâ€ â€“ 0.21 ppm
For the full report, I strongly recommend each and everyone of you to read this.
Well, I end my entry not by smearing these brands brought about the findings, but asking for a call to reformulate, in the sense that with the awareness of this problem, some changes can be made in manufacturing cosmetics safe enough for the consumer. I am speaking from the point of view of a consumer as I am a self confessed crazed makeup fanatic – please, please make cosmetics safe enough for us! And I’ll surely, surely continue impulsively shopping for lipsticks, and continue influencing people to do so, as long as they’re safe! As a beauty blogger, I wouldn’t want to recommend stuff to people that would lead to their sickness.