Is Lipstick Bad for You?

I was browsing the news today and came across an interesting article titled “Gauging the health risk of lead in lipstick.”  Given all the news in Michigan concerning lead in the water, are we adding more fear to the fire?

The study showed that Chinese lipsticks and lip glosses had a range of .2-10,185 mg/kg of lead concentration.  The average was around 500 mg/kg.  Lipsticks made in the US only had an average of 1mg/kg.  Tests on mice show that about 25-95% of the lead is absorbed in the bloodstream.  These researchers predict that the average use of lipstick and lip gloss is about 2.4 applications a day would cause concern of lead dosing in humans.  Applying more than 8 applications per day exceeds FDA recommended lead intake limit.

Key point is here that women shouldn’t be using lip gloss or lipstick made in China if they’re pregnant.  Check your labels gals.


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