Leaded lipstick: How much is too much?

I noticed that these days, ladies are becoming more fashionable and thus feel it is very vital to share this piece with my blog visitors (especially the ladies). Enjoy!

Lead is in many lipsticks. But is that okay?

In a study recently conducted in the US, it was found that all the 400 lipsticks tested had high levels of lead measuring up to 7.19 parts per billion. This was highlighted in a national Campaign for Safe in an analysis of lead in lipsticks done for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Safe Cosmetics says that the quantity found is more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study, leaving greater concerns.

In a press release issued by Safe Cosmetics quoted Mark Mitchell, M.D., MPH, policy advisor of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice and co-chair of the Environmental Health Task Force for the National Medical Association, who said, “Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels.”

In addition, “lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioural problems. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the foetal brain where it can interfere with normal development,” said Sean Palfrey, M.D., a professor of paediatrics and public health at Boston University and the medical director of Boston’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, as quoted in the press release.

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