Just For Women: Lipstick Lead Warning

By: Lisanne Anderson Email
By: Lisanne Anderson Email

Ladies, check your lipstick! That color we love on our lips could be hazardous to our health. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says a third of the lipsticks they tested contained lead.

Now, think about how many times you lick your lips, eat your lunch and then re-apply... we're ingesting four to six pounds of lipstick into our systems throughout our lifetime.

While companies are working to remove the lead from the lipsticks, there are some natural things you can do to stay healthy -- without giving up your color. Researchers say make sure you get lots of calcium in your diet, because calcium sops up the lead in your system.

Adding garlic or cilantro to your foods can also speed up lead removal and lower internal levels by up to 50%.

For more details on cosmetics, your health and a list of lead lipsticks just go to http://www.safecosmetics.org.


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