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The Make Up We Wear

I just read this article about the dangers in the make we wear. It is really sad all the different bad things they are putting in our products and food. Here is the article. You read it and decide and as always try and stay Healthy in an Unhealthy world!

 Spring is in bloom, and romance is in the air. But before puckering up, you’d  be wise to consider a new analysis, which found troubling levels of toxins in  cosmetics – particularly lipstick.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public  Health detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in 32  different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department  stores.  According to the report, which is published Thursday in the  journal Environmental Health Perspectives, some of these metals were  found at levels that could have long term health effects.

As far as I’m concerned, any level of any metal found in any makeup product  is too much – particularly in lipstick or lip gloss, which are easily ingested  and absorbed, bit by bit, by the person wearing them.  The researchers in  this study noted even average daily ingestion of lip makeup, defined as 24  milligrams per day, could result in excessive exposure to chromium, which has  been linked to stomach tumors. 

High use, defined as 87 milligrams per day, could overexpose users to metals  like manganese, which has been linked to nervous system toxicity.

It has long been acknowledged, but not necessarily well-studied, that  conventionally produced makeup contains numerous carcinogens, and might be  harmful to our health. And it’s not only adults who are at risk – don’t you know  a precarious toddler or young child just dying to try on mom’s lipstick, or get  all made up for Halloween or a school play? As the UC Berkeley study found, lead  is commonly found in lip makeup, and no level of lead exposure is considered  safe for children. It can lead to decreased bone and muscle growth, nervous  system and kidney damage, speech problems, and seizures.

Lead is undeniably dangerous to children, but ingesting or absorbing products  containing lead and other metals on a regular basis can’t be good for anyone.  The study focuses a lot on “acceptable” daily intake levels of these poisonous  substances – but why is any level that is more than zero considered acceptable  at all?

Like the cleaning products industry, which is largely unregulated by the U.S.  government and does not require manufacturers to disclose ingredients to  consumers, there are currently no U.S. standards for metal content in  cosmetics.

Interestingly, and as the study authors note, the European Union considers  any level of cadmium, chromium, and lead in cosmetics unacceptable. Why don’t  we?

As the so-called “health” establishment remains lax on protecting consumers  from the dangers of metals in makeup (and toxins in other personal care  products), it is imperative to educate yourself.  The Environmental Working  Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database remains a wonderful resource for assessing  just how safe – or not – your favorite lipstick, mascara, or foundation might  be, and selecting the least harmful option. TheDailyGreen.com suggests actually  reading those tiny ingredient lists on every item of makeup you buy, and opting  for products with the most pronounceable names – they’re least likely to be  carcinogenic.  Be wary of makeup advertising two or three organic  ingredients, as the rest of the contents could be synthetic.  For more  resources, check out my website.

Use common sense, do your research, and spread the word. As fewer people buy  poisonous makeup, companies will be compelled to change its ways and adopt safer  practices if they want to make money. The power, as always, is in your hands –  or in this case, on your lips.

Note: Information provided herein is not intended to treat or diagnose any  health condition. As always, consult your health care provider with any  questions or health concerns.

Deirdre Imus, Founder of the site devoted to environmental health,  dienviro.org, is President and Founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health  Center™ at Hackensack  University Medical Center and Co-Founder/Co-Director  of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. She is a New York Times  best-selling author and a frequent contributor to FoxNewsHealth.com, and Fox  Business Channel. Check out her website at dienviro.org. ‘e.