According to the latest study by the FDA, 400 lipsticks were found to have traces of lead. Cosmetic giants, such as, Maybelline, CoverGirl and L’Oreal were ranked amongst the top 10 with lead content.
Officials said the findings aren’t a safety concern. “We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern,” the FDA said in its online comments. “The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics.”
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics thinks otherwise. “They’ve spent the past five years looking at what are the levels of lead in lipstick, but they haven’t done any kind of health impact study to look at what are the exposures women are getting from lipstick,” according to Stacy Malkan, of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Lead builds in the body over time, and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels,” Mark Mitchell, co-chairman of the Environmental Health Task Force for the National Medical Association, said in the group’s statement.
I do know about you, but this kind of creeps me out. Usually if I like the color of the lipstick, along with the added benefits (hydration and long wear) I’m getting it, but I guess I have to be more mindful. What are your thoughts? Should the FDA do more?