Friday, October 12, 2007

Lead in Your Lipstick

A new independent study has found lead in lipstick at unsafe amounts and it isn't listed on the label. The worst part of this is that there is no way of knowing whether a brand will contain lead without having it tested in a laboratory.

Some of the sources of lead in lipstick can be from ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sunscreen ingredients used in commercial brands as well as some of the more natural brands. Other sources of lead include ozokerite (mineral wax or paraffin) and petroleum-based ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil).

Although the study listed name brands with varying amounts of lead, only one natural brand was tested, Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer.

See the list of brands tested.

Just because a brand of lipstick rated low for lead in this study, it doesn't mean that that product is a healthy lipstick to use. There are other harmful ingredients that may be in these lipstick cosmetics. To determine if a lipstick is really healthy to use, you need to look at the complete list of ingredients.

Check out healthy cosmetics here.