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Is Your Lipstick Slowly Killing You? Science Says Yes, And Science Is Always Right


Most days I am either too lazy, too tired, or in too much of a hurry to worry about makeup. Usually, my makeup routine consists of combing my hair into a presentable manner, applying some powder, and applying lip gloss or lipstick. I don’t know why but for me, no makeup is complete without something on the lips!

Well, I stumbled upon this article recently that is making me think twice about the copious amounts of lip gloss I apply. Research conducted at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health discovered that many common lipsticks and lip glosses contain “dangerous levels of chromium (which has been tied to lung and stomach cancer), aluminum (which can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s), and manganese (which can cause mood swings, memory and coordination impairments)”. Other harmful metals found in these cosmetics included cadmium and lead.

However, the researchers did note that of the 32 lip products that were tested, none of them contained metals over the public health exposure standards, but the main problem comes in long-term exposure. The metals in the lipstick and lip gloss could be absorbed by the person wearing them. For example, researchers found that 8 or more applications a day could expose women and girls to too much aluminum, cadmium, and manganese which has been linked to neurotoxicity.

The brands of lipsticks and lip glosses used in the study have not been released. However, the researchers say that the brands were chosen after polling teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 about the products they use and can be found in your local drugstore.

So what do you guys think? Should cosmetic companies be doing something about this research?

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