Lead in Lipstick
Is there poison in your cosmetics? There may be lead in your lipstick!
I recently discovered that the makers of my favorite health lipstick (I bought it in bulk, but am running out…) have stopped making it.
This has started me on a quest to find and share with you the best lipstick. I’m talking about lipstick that is not tested on animals, lipstick that does not have lead in it (I’m not kidding) and lipstick that is made with healthy ingredients but that is creamy and long lasting.
Did you even know your lipstick may have lead in it? When you think about it, it makes sense although it’s crazy… Lead makes color adhere and stay. Why do you think they used it in paint for so long? And that raises the question of why it’s not allowed in paint anymore, but they’re free to put it in a product you put ON YOUR LIPS and ingest on a regular basis. Now that’s crazy!
My goal is to try several different lipsticks with healthy ingredients and then share with you the results in an effort to direct you toward cosmetics that won’t harm you and that haven’t harmed innocent lab animals either! This means companies like L-Oreal (the worst!) will not be in the running. In the realm of animal testing, they are one of, if not the worst. In addition, look at their packaging and who touts their products. Any company that puts that kind of investment into the marketing of their stuff is not focused on the quality or the social responsibility of producing it without harm to you or to animals.
Come on people, let’s think about this. Do you really think companies like L’Oreal and Revlon care about you? They’re paying millionaire celebrities to tell you to use their stuff because “you’re worth it”. Don’t you think you’re worth using cosmetics that don’t have harmful ingredients and that aren’t animal tested? I’m worth that; I think you are too!
Let’s talk about some of the really scary ingredients in lipstick, starting with lead… Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that stays in the body and is now known to cause serious neurological problems. Lead poisoning in children has led (no pun intended) to the banning of lead in paint back in 1978! Why is lead still allowed in lipstick? It’s because of the way cosmetics are regulated. Because lead in lipstick is a contaminant, not an actual ingredient, you won’t see it listed as an ingredient on a label. Lead is also associated with depression, so if you struggle with that, take a serious look at what you’re putting on your lips ladies.
In 2009, the FDA tested 20 lipsticks; they found lead to be in all of them!
I will find you choices of lipsticks that don’t contain lead just for starters!
Here’s another ingredient to avoid: many lipsticks contain parabens, suspected to be hormone disruptors and which are used as preservatives. Any product containing parabens should be avoided. If you think you don’t use that much lipstick and it won’t hurt you, consider that lipstick is just the tip of the iceberg. We are bombarded every day with so many chemicals that our bodies are on overload with exposure to stuff that is just plain bad for you. You have to start eliminating these toxins you’re exposed to as much as you can, when you can.
Just get started, please. Your skin is your largest organ. What are you putting on it that is being absorbed into your body and is causing you harm?
I’m excited to share this quest with you and to help you find great lipstick that will make you look and feel beautiful!
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