• Toxic Chemicals - Lead in your Lipstick 14 June 2015 | View comments

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    The not for profit organisation, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics originally conducted tests on lipsticks back in 2007 where they found lead in 61% of them, including a well know organic brand that at that time traded on selling 'truly natural products that have a postive effect on both you and the world you live in'.  

     

    it has been said that the average woman ingests 6lb of lipstick which is a bit of a concern if your lipstick contains lead. Lead levels in adults can cause a whole host of health problems including miscarriges and seizures and lead exposed to children can cause brain damage. Lead is not the only chemical of concern, heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, zinc, aluminum, chromium are found in a number of personal care products including lipsticks, toothpastes, eyeliners, nail polish, foundations, sunscreens, moisturiseres, eyeshadows, concealer and blushers. 

     

    Lead is a proven neurotoxin and has been linked to a number of health concerns including learning difficulties, language and behavioral problems and has also been linked to infertility in both men and women. Mercury is a recognised environmental health concern by National and International Government Bodies and is linked to a number of health concerns, including system toxicity and reproductive, immune and respiratory toxicity. Chromium is strongly linked to immune, respiratory and systemic toxicity. Some metals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide show very little evidence of toxicity in their natural form. An article written by EcoWatch in August 2014, seven years after the original testing done by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, states that whilst lead has been removed from paint and petrol it is still allowed in cosmetics.

     

    On product labels, look out for ingredients that contain lead acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate. Some metals pay an important role in the normal functions of the body, for example Iron is needed for blood oxygenation but accumulations of these products may have a serious negative effect, metals such as lead and mercury do not offer normal functions in the body at all. You can also reduce your risk by using botanical based lipbalms that actually contain beneficial properties.

     

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