A recent study has showed a disturbing report that over 55 percent of all lipsticks contain trace amounts of lead. Unfortunately, no matter how bad it sounds its not illegal for beauty companies to use lead since there is no federal lead limit for cosmetics. The industry creates its own standards and they have been abiding by them pretty regularly, Roy Lamothe, ULs general manager, North America, told GMA. Even though the FDA considers a small amount of lead in lipstick safe, mounting evidence begs the difference.
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Behavioral Problems: Aggression, violence, hostility, anti-social or delinquent behavior, attention problems, restlessness, irritability. What we know now is that even the lowest levels of lead can harm your IQ, your behavior, your ability to learn, so we want to make sure that it is out of everything that is in the environment of children, Dr. Sean Palfrey, medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
Nervous System: Alters function of a developing brain, brain disease, convulsions, cerebral palsy, proprioreceptive pathways involved in balance altered, slowed nerve conduction, dizziness, decreased reaction time, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, tremor, numbness, foot/ hand drop
Growth & development: Delayed neurodevelopment in sitting up, walking, talking, stature and growth rate reduction, osteoporosis in later years, impaired pituitary-thyroid endocrine system. Activists warn that a pregnant woman wearing lead containing lipstick can pass lead to her baby internally.
Cardiovascular Function: Hypertension, elevated blood pressure, cardio-toxic effects, coronary artery disease, anemia,increased risk of early death from heart attack or stroke
Other Problems: Kidney disorders, bone, muscle, and joint dysfunctions, headaches, adrenal fatigue, paralysis, difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, cell damage, effects on gastrointestinal tract, abdominal pain, cramps.
Unfortunately, its hard to avoid all the dangerous chemicals in our everyday products but its possible. Try to go for natural, safe choices such as Primitive Makeup all natural cosmetics made entirely of pure, clean ingredients no preservatives, no artificial color, no synthetics, and is PARABEN-FREE.
DIY Natural Lipstick
- 2 12 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 12 tablespoon raw honey
- 10 drops cinnamon or vanilla essential oil
Place the coconut oil and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Put the measuring cup inside a small saucepan filled with about one inch of water to create a double boiler. Melt over low heat. Stir frequently.
Once the coconut oil and beeswax is melted, add your honey and essential oil. Stir well.
Quickly pour melted ingredients into your lip balm container. It will usually set up in about ten minutes. And its done!
Optional Color Add-Ins:
For Red Colors: 1/4 teaspoon of beet root powder
For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon of cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric