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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  • by here Location: gone on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    yall are cracking me up
  • by Deb Location: Durant on Apr 23, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    Is my Mary-Kay leaded or unleaded
  • by Amazon Woman Location: From Mars on Apr 23, 2008 at 02:19 AM
    I like my lipstick unleaded just like my gas. Just don't buy lipstick made in China, or anything else from there; if it's even possible anymore. Lead is probably listed on the label if you can read it under a microscope. I'm like the amazon woman you all are making fun of, I don't wear it and I don't live in the sticks. More like a Hilton Hotel all the time!
  • by Glamazon Location: Sherman on Apr 22, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    Me, are you crazy? I'm picturing you as one of those lumberjack women, who never figuring out what to do with the tube lipstick in the firstplace...There are natural products that don't use animal products. Like Aveda,Burt's Bees etc. Good luck finding it out here in the sticks, though.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    Thanks Milli, I knew it had something to do with animals but I couldn't remember what. No wonder there is so many sick people nowadays.
  • by JC Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    Lanolin comes from wool bearing animals-sheep and is extracted from the wool, not the fat. Check your facts Milli.
  • by Milli Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Lipstick and all cosmetic and lotions are made with lanolin which is rendered fat from cows, pigs, all dead animals that can't be eaten, even roadkill. How about that? Like putting that stuff on your face?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    Why put lead in there in the first place?
  • by Me Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    I've heard listick is made from parts of cows. Why do women need to wear it anyway? Don't they look like clowns, especially when they make the DARK circle around their lips? It looks like they have been suckin on a cows rear end. YUK! (yes I am a female) Lipstick is not what makes you pretty. You don't put a bow on a cow patty and call it pretty, it's still a cow patty.
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