Have you heard the saying “Knowledge is Power”? Well, the knowledge I found and want to share with you is definitely power and important information when it comes to what many women put on their lips each and every day!
I am talking about Lipstick, Lip Balms, etc.! Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my LIPSTICK, and that I love wearing it each and everyday!
That is one of the reasons I am so glad that I became informed about the dangers lurking in SO MANY of the lip products being sold to us consumers here in the U.S.! Dangerous ingredients that are banned in many other countries around the world for being cancerous or human toxicants are being sold to us Americans regularly. Our cosmetic industry is free to put MANY toxic ingredients in our makeup and not even worry about being regulated by our U.S. government.
Let’s talk about LEAD. Lead is a poison and neuro-toxin where toxicity happens when small amounts accumulate in the body. Lead can lead to a whole host of health implications by damaging the nervous system and even lead to death….
But, did you know that the FDA has conducted LEAD tests on many lipsticks and found most to have some level of lead? For instance, from the FDA’s website, this was written:
“In December 2016, FDA issued draft guidance to industry on lead as an impurity in cosmetic lip products, such as lipsticks, and other cosmetics, such as eye shadows, blushes, compact powders, shampoos, and body lotions. Our guidance recommends a maximum level of lead in cosmetic products.”
“Based on these factors, we concluded that up to 10 ppm lead in cosmetic lip products and externally applied cosmetics would not pose a health risk.”
So, it was determined that the levels were safe for most lipsticks since they are “externally applied”.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I lick my lips a lot throughout the day, and I don’t want to be worrying that I have exceeded a “safe level” of Lead!!
The real scary part of all this is that Lead is just one of MANY dangerous chemicals that are put in many lipsticks. I pulled up just a FEW of the more common lipsticks from the EWG’s Skin Deep website on May 28, 2017 as follows:
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour: Contains FRAGRANCE which is classified as a “known human immune system toxicant or allergen” by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.
Boots No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick: Contains RETINYL PALMITATE which according to the National Toxicology Program indicates that “One or more animal studies show tumor formation at very low doses”
Burt's Bees Lipstick: Contains LINALOOL which is classified as a “possible human immune system toxicant or allergen” by the EU Banned and Restricted Fragrances.
CoverGirl Continuous Color Lipstick: Contains PROPYLPARABEN which is classified as a “Human endocrine disruptor - strong evidence” by the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption.
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipcolor: Contains BHT which has a “Limited evidence of carcinogenicity” by the European Food Safety Authority.
Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick: Contains PETROLATUM which is “classified as a high human health priority” by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.
Please note that these are JUST A FEW examples of the nasty ingredients found in MANY of the common commercial lip products being sold to us American consumers!!
Luckily, there are companies that are making products that are considered more safe for us to use. Here are a few of the products rated safely by EWG, and they have beautiful color choices:
Mineral Fusion Lipsticks
W3ll People Nudist Color Balm
Lip Balms can also be dangerous with many being made with Petroleum by products and Parabens!
Here are some of my favorite healthy alternatives in Lip Balms:
Beauty by Earth
While I consider this to be very important to my health, I really consider my grand-baby. She always asks me if she can have some of my lip balm, and now, I can be sure her little lips are safe, too. :)
Remember, take care of your Lips by keeping them beautiful and SAFE!