Rihanna and Beyonce love a red pout, but are their lipsticks full of lead?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, color additives used to create luscious lipsticks are mineral-based and contain trace levels of lead.
Evil cosmetic scientists are not out to harm their loyal customers by adding lead to their products, however, lead found in lipsticks are generally found in other places as well, such as soil and water.
So, blame Mother Nature.
Lead poisoning by lipstick has been a recurring theme among urban legend lovers for years, prompting science to weigh in on the debate.
In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered that two-thirds of 33 crimson colored lip shades contained lead. This time around the FDA tested 400 lipstick shades and found that, yes, lead is present in the lipsticks, but that it remains unclear if the lipsticks are dangerous to your health.
The FDA determined: “We have assessed the potential for harm to consumers from use of lipstick containing lead at the levels found in both rounds of testing. Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. 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.”
The FDA will determine if there’s a need to recommend an upper limit for lead in lipstick to protect consumers.
-By Zondra Hughes