SUMMARY OF ARTICLES:
- Lead has been banned in paint since 1978 because of its toxicity at low levels, but it still shows up in small amounts in some of the best-selling lipstick brands.
- The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which did an analysis of a study of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, wants consumers to know that most of the 400 different lipsticks tested were positive for lead (link.reuters.com/caz56s).
- Several groups want the FDA to set a limit for how much lead lipstick can contain and to study whether there are any dangers to having the substance applied to human lips, particularly the lips of children and pregnant women.
- Five of the nine lipstick brands with the most lead are sold by L’Oreal. L’Oreal’s “Color Sensational” Pink Petal had the most lead of any lipstick tested at 7.19 parts per million.
- The FDA’s independent study, which will be published in the May/June 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science, states that lipsticks pose no safety concerns for the millions of women who use them daily.
- Authors of the book, ” Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics,” Kim Erickson and Samuel Epstein say many ingredients in make-up have been shown to cause cancer in animals and should never be used as part of a beauty routine.
- Coal tar colors, phenylenediamine, benzene and even formaldehyde are some of the toxins commonly found in shampoos, skin creams and blush, they say.
- Hormone-disrupting chemicals, which could lower immunity to disease and cause neurological and reproductive damage, may also lurk in everyday cosmetics.
- The authors claim the adverse effects of cosmetics build up over years of use.
- The reason these synthetic ingredients are used is because they are inexpensive, stable and have a long shelf-life. Manufacturers love them, but the results from long-term use could be deadly.
- So many things are put into cosmetics now that are carcinogenic, and it is allowed because cosmetics are not considered to be as serious as drugs or food.
WHOMP WHOMP…these two articles have really crimped our “New Year, New Us” style. Now how are we going to find new, dewy and fresh-faced 2012 make-up without poisoning ourselves?
We find it interesting that more and more advisory committees are saying that there is “no acceptable amount of lead exposure for children.” But when it comes to women’s lipstick, a little lead is okay.
The FDA says there is no cause for concern over the amount of lead in lipsticks because, comparatively speaking, they have significantly less lead than what’s in some of our children’s toys. However, logically speaking, if you put on lipstick multiple times every day, year after year, that amount of lead will build up and cause health problems.
Companies could find healthier ingredients to put in their makeup. But it would cost more, so they’re not going to do it unless they are forced. As usual, it all comes down to the almighty dollar.