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When Lipstick is Dangerous

August 26, 2013
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There is lead (and other metals) in your lipstick. Does it matter? Scientists say not in the short run. But with frequent use over long periods of time, metals accumulate in your body. The buildup can be harmful

Aluminum is added as a stabilizer. Titanium is used as a whitening agent – making red into pink. Mica adds shine to lip-gloss. The darker and more intense the colors are, the greater the amount of metals in the product.

The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) approves the products. Industry people say they are safe and are used in only minimal amounts.

Some studies show that some women put on lipstick as many as 20 times a day.

Scientists say the differences in concentrations of metal show that the industry can reduce its use. The industry and scientists are asking for more studies.

Meanwhile, they say keep lipstick away from children. And reduce the number of times you put it on every day. Experts say two or three times a day is enough.

Source: The New York Times

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