A recent study conducted by Underwriters Laboratories involving 22 brands of lipstick found that 55% of them contained trace amounts of lead. Dr. Sean Palfrey, the medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, warns that even low-levels of lead exposure can potentially lead to serious health issues, including affecting your mental health.
“What we know now is that even the lowest levels of lead can harm your IQ,” noted Palfrey, “your behavior, your ability to learn.”
Lead is not intentionally put into the lipstick, but many color additives are mineral-based and the soil that they are found in contain trace levels of lead, naturally.
Janet Nudelman of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics added:
“Clearly the concerning part is that more than half of the lipsticks do contain lead, but half of them don’t, proving that it’s possible to manufacture a lipstick without lead.”
Paul Hudson | Elite.