Explainer: Why you should think twice about the brands you buy

Think your new lipstick looks great and isn’t doing your body any harm? Think again! I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across the most horrific images. Women’s lips had become completely damaged all because they weren’t careful. Although you might think the colour looks fabulous, underneath it all it could be damaging your skin cells. And don’t be tricked! Just because a lipstick is expensive or well-known, it doesn’t mean it’s exempt.

 

1.) WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

Research done in 2007 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  showed that 60% of the 33 lipsticks they tested, contained harmful levels of lead.

But don’t be fooled! Although the study was conducted in 2007, many products still contain lead.

 

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(Photo credit: Viva women)

 

2.) WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?

In fact, the companies do not set out to put lead in their lipsticks. It simply comes from the pigments used to create the colour, like most things that come from the Earth. Several countries such as Canada have banned cosmetic companies from having more than “a trace” of lead, perhaps other countries should follow their example in order to protect us women a little better.

 

3.) WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU?

According to Safe Cosmetics the presence of lead causes a big concern for pregnant women. Lead is a neurotoxin which means it can cause miscarriages, infertility and can even cause the fetus to develop learning disabilities. Although many people claim it can cause cancer, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory.

 

 

 

4.) SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Unfortunately, lead is not listed as an ingredient on the labels. You should familiarise yourself with the brands we already know contain lead in their lipsticks. If you’re not sure whether or not a lipstick contains lead there a sneaky trick: Simply rub the lipstick over a gold ring. If it changes colour to black, then you know it contains lead. And most importantly, don’t take any chances! If it has happened to other women, it can just as easily happen to you. The colour will last a couple hours, the damage, a lifetime. 

 

 

By Louana Erard 3rd March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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