In the not so distant past, before I discovered natural lipstick and other organic cosmetics, I never thought twice before applying make-up to my face. Many women ingest a lot of lipstick over the span of their lives, and would be shocked to learn that lipstick is one of the most toxic things you can smear all of those lips of yours!
Just think back on some of the times where you saw a bit of lipstick on your front teeth, or the number of times where you have licked your lips, or ate and drank while wearing lipstick. And how many times have you have kissed your significant other, your child, or someone else’s child while wearing lipstick? Think of the toxins you’ve been spreading!
SO STOP RIGHT THERE… After reading this blog post, you may want to think twice before smacking those lips after applying your lipstick! I know, I know .. the ritual of hovering over the bathroom sink and applying lipstick, lip gloss or liner seems harmless, but I’m here to tell you that it is not! Let’s face it (no pun intended!); we need to think twice before smearing that GUNK all over our lips and faces.
Everyone who wears lipstick absolutely needs to switch from conventional brands to natural and organic brands. No matter how shimmery or nice that lip gloss may look, unless it’s derived from natural or organic ingredients, it’s full of toxic ingredients that harm you! You might as well toss it in the garbage because we shouldn’t be applying it to our faces or mouths!
Toxic Kiss: Is Lipstick Really Harmful?
I know it sounds absurd and absolutely shocking to you that harmful substances or ingredients are used in cosmetics even in the most trusted and known brands. Or maybe you already know the harmful ingredients that are used in most lipsticks and cosmetic brands but are still unsure on where to find safe alternatives?
I sometimes thought that “If it was on the shelves of the stores….it should be safe, right?” Apparently not! The cosmetic industry is not regulated stringently by the FDA and therefore, we need to search for safe products and do some research.
So…what are some of the ingredients that we should be concerned about?
Well, let’s start with lead. We have heard that lead paint has been harmful, so why would we put it in cosmetics? Shouldn’t we be concerned when mothers or pregnant woman use lead containing lipstick? Or how many times do children get into their mom’s makeup? It is a known fact that children and fetuses are very susceptible to neurological damage and learning disabilities when exposed to lead.
Here is an article that talks about the harms of lead in lipstick and how pregnant women need to be especially careful since lead travels into the placenta and “[…]enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development”
Repeated exposure to lead is another concern since it is a neurotoxin that gets stored in your tissues and bones. Health Canada states that lead can stay in your bones for 30 years. Many women reapply their lipstick throughout the day which increases their risk for lead poisoning. Remember whatever, we apply on our skins goes directly into the bloodstream. The lips are a delicate area where toxic substances can be penetrated easily. I came across an article that depicts the harms of lead containing lipstick especially for women who reapply their lipsticks throughout the day.
Here is an interesting fact that they state to the reader:
“The health effect depends partly on how often and how heavily the product is applied. The average user applies lipstick 2.3 times daily and ingests 24 milligrams each day, while a heavy user applies it as many as 14 times and ingests an average of 83 milligrams, the UC study says.”
Also, if you wish to know some of the major brands that tested high for lead and other harmful metals; check out http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/study-lead-metals-lipstick-top-20.
Other ingredients to look out for are synthetic dyes and minerals. The synthetic dyes and minerals that are used in lipsticks are fake dyes that are meant to give more color and make them more alluring to the consumer. Synthetic dyes are usually derived from coal tar and aluminum which are harmful because they are easily stored within the organs and fatty tissues.
Most lipsticks contain petroleum based substances, i.e. Coal Tar, Mineral oil, Toluene, Benzene, and Phenoxyethol.etc. Petro chemicals are linked to cancer, cause allergic reactions and are abrasive to the skin. Audrey Hampton in her article, “Ten Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid” states that petroleum derived products dry out the skin and doesn’t protect the skin or our lips from sun damage but actually the opposite holds true.
My father used to own a Collision Centre and I recall all the sludge and oil that would fill the drains of the garage floor. Every so often, he would have to call a company to clean and dispose the toxic sludge because it is deemed to be hazardous waste. The sludge and oil can’t be dumped on the property because it is considered to be an environmental toxin but yet the beauty & cosmetic industry use these substances that we then slather all over our faces & bodies?! This just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Cancer causing ingredients in lipsticks which we should all be concerned about are:
Chromium is linked to stomach problems. Chromium is also linked to stomach tumors and lung cancer http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57582555/toxic-metals-and-cancer-risks-found-in-lipsticks-lip-glosses/
Cadmium is a toxic substance that causes respiratory damage and lung cancer. Cadmium poisoning can lead to kidney and liver problems. http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2013/06/14/is-lipstick-killing-us/ Cadmium can also lead to the weakening of bones, cause infertility problems, migraine headaches and much more. However, what I found shocking is according to Analytical Research Labs, Inc., Cadmium is “more toxic than either lead or mercury” and yet it is found in lipstick!
Formaldehyde: is a known carcinogen and is in used in many personal care products such as lipstick. http://www.formaldehydetesting.com/whatisformaldehyde.html
There are many other harmful substances and chemicals in cosmetics that I haven’t discussed fully in this blog post.
Pucker up your lips and say goodbye to those harmful brands of lipstick. No more toxic lips!