Worry on some lips

2016-08-24 06:00
THE safety of using lipstick has come under scrutiny.

THE safety of using lipstick has come under scrutiny.

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SHOULD you be concerned about the ingredients found in your favourite red lipstick?

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in times of economic hardship, consumers adopt a specific approach to consuming.

As they cannot afford luxury items, they tend to go for smaller, inexpensive items to treat themselves with.

This has been dubbed “the lipstick effect”.

GlobalCosmeticsNews.com reports that this phenomenon is in full force in South Africa, particularly in the cosmetic and toiletry retail sales sector.

This article also notes that both the Clicks Group and Revlon South Africa have seen considerable spikes in the sale of lipstick in the last year.

Should we, however, be concerned about the rising use of lipstick?

We all know that we consume our lipstick. It is basically inevitable, as it is applied to your lips. Yet, we never truly see it as harmful, least of all poisonous.

According to Mercola, nearly 13 000 chemicals are used in cosmetics and, on average, women apply a staggering 168 types of chemicals to their bodies every day.

If you look at your daily beauty routine (for example: face wash, moisturiser, toner, foundation, blusher, mascara and lipstick) and start reading the vast list of ingredients crammed into three lines, it comes as no surprise.

One of the biggest concerns with regard to lipstick in particular is the lead content.

However, the American medical and cosmetics watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has stated that the lead levels found in most lipsticks do not pose an immediate threat to consumers when the product is used as intended.

Some say there is poor regulation when it comes to heavy metals in lip cosmetics in America, where the majority of lipsticks are manufactured.

Berkeley scientists have raised concerns about the American standards for metal content in cosmetics, saying cadmium, chromium and lead should be considered unacceptable at any level.

The European Union already considers these chemicals too harmful (in any quantity) and has banned their use in cosmetics.

Lead and chromium (which have been linked to stomach tumours) are some of the leading toxins found in your lipstick. Berkeley scientists found 75% of this chemical element in both lipstick and lip glosses.

When a lipstick or gloss is not blotted, or in cases when it is constantly reapplied throughout the day, it ups your daily ingestion of chemicals.

An acceptable amount is apparently 24 milligrams, yet when slathering on makeup, particularly lipstick, this amount enters the high risk zone, which could potentially be harmful.

According to the Daily Mail, lead and toxic metals such as aluminium and cadmium are also often found in lipsticks, which could damage our nervous and immune system.

Since we digest our lipstick, the lead gives off a potent neurotoxin and this builds up in our system.

In most lipstick products, the levels of these toxins are acceptable, yet it does raise some concerns when we consider cases like children playing with makeup.

A site run by the non-profit organisation Environmental Working Group (EWG) can be used to evaluate and score your product’s safety.
– News24

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