Is Your Lipstick Dangerous?


Did you know that your make-up that you put on everyday could actually be harmful to you? I didn't.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 lipsticks for lead, from Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer to L'Oreal Colour Riche. The group found that 61 percent of the lipsticks tested contained a detectable amount of the contaminant, and several exceeded the Food and Drug Administration's lead limit for candy. (The study used candy as a benchmark not only because women ingest both candy and lipstick — albeit in vastly different amounts — but also because the FDA does not set lead standards for lipstick.)

And because Lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in the body over time, tiny amounts ingested regularly (or, in the case of lipstick, multiple times per day) could be hazardous.

To see whether any products you use contain potentially hazardous ingredients, visit the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Web site , which lists information on more than 27,000 cosmetics and personal-care products.

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