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Your Favorite Lipstick Is Probably Full Of Lead

Posted 2/15/2012 7:00 am by

Sexy, but also infested with brain-destroying lead.

Of the many things that brought down the Roman empire, one of the things that is mentioned the most is the lead content in the average Roman’s blood.  The Romans apparently were exposed to a great deal of lead, thanks to their famous system of aqueducts and their lead-filled cosmetics.  Apparently, lead in cosmetics is still a problem today, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.  According to the FDA, 400 popular shades of lipstick across all major brands is contaminated with lead.

“We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern. The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics, including lipstick,” wrote the FDA on its website.

The majority of the 400 types of lipstick tested by the FDA falls under California legal limits for lead in cosmetics–California’s 5 parts per million is the strictest in the country.  However, two offenders jumped the standard:  Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal and L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic.  The Pink Petal had 7.19 parts per million, and the Volcanic had 7 parts per million.  Since the first survey in 2007, lead levels in makeup have risen across the board, with makeup from Nars, Cover Girl, and pretty much every brand having representatives between 4 and 5 parts per million.

As it turns out, that quest for beauty could possibly lead to future health problems.

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