Reapply At Your Own Risk: Study Finds That Many Popular Lipsticks Currently Contain Very High Levels Of Lead And Carcinogens

May 9, 2013  |  

I don’t know about you, but lipstick has become probably my absolute favorite form of makeup to wear. It just pops doesn’t it? But a study suggests that the lipstick you wear, that you’re taking in your system when you eat and reapply it over and over, could have an affect on your health.

The University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested more than 30 popular lipsticks and glosses sold in stores nationwide, and many of them were high in not only lead, but cadmium, chromium, aluminum and other metals (a few at a very high and toxic level). According to S. Katherine Hammond, a professor of environmental health and co-author of the study, lower levels of lead aren’t a threat to your system just because they’re in your favorite lipsticks, but high concentrations can be risky.

“Just finding these metals isn’t the issue. It’s the levels that matter.”

“I don’t think people should panic. But if you use it several times every day, you may want to think about it. Use it less.”

According to the study and USA Today, when putting on lipstick, you should be sure to always blot your mouth on tissue, otherwise, you could ingest/absorb a great deal of it, and if you don’t know if your particular gloss or lipstick is high in metals, that could pose a problem. This could include stomach tumors due to exposure to the metal chromium, which is a carcinogen. The average lipstick lover takes in 24 milligrams of it per day, but a lip fanatic who reapplies her shade more than 10 times in a day can take in a whopping 83 milligrams on average.

But of course, lead is everywhere, so no need to get yourself all worked up. Hold on to your MAC, your Nars and your CoverGirl ladies. Just slow up on how often you feel the need to reapply your lipsticks, and a quick blot on tissue is always the way to go so you don’t have a large amount on every time.

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