I’ve lived in this world for 21 years, and during my stay I’ve picked up on a few things.
One crucial lesson I’ve learned is that everything that is good to you isn’t good for you. As a general rule of thumb, I always assume that things I enjoy are terrible for my well-being. Call me dramatic, but I’m the type of girl who could lie in the bed all day and sustain myself with sangria and number 7’s from Wendy’s. The only thing stopping me from leading this gluttonous (yet cozy) lifestyle is my will to live. Fast food will make you fat. Alcohol will make you fat. Sleeping your life away after consuming large amounts of fast food and alcohol will make you fat. Then, being too fat will eventually lead to death and that’s definitely not the look I’m going for.
So I can’t say I was shocked to find out that lipstick—which is one of the little rays of sunshine in my largely superficial life—contains unsafe levels of lead. According to Blast Magazine, the CSC (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics) recently addressed a letter to the FDA asking for the lead level in lipsticks to be lowered. Apparently, 400 lipstick samples from popular cosmetic brands such as CoverGirl, Revlon, L’oreal and Estee Lauder exposed an average lead reading of 1.11ppm. Why does this matter to us? Because lead builds up in the bloodstream and can lead to health problems, such as memory loss, mood disorders and delayed development of offspring or even miscarriage in pregnant women.
Now, I’m not suggesting that anyone start whipping up their own cosmetics, although that is an option for those of you who are blessed with the patience and resources to do so. I’m certainly too much of a laze to go that route; however, I can’t stress enough the importance of reading the ingredients lists on all of your hair, body and cosmetic products. Become familiar with those long, unpronounceable names and make a habit of looking them up. In the age of the iPhone, it takes 30 seconds out of your life to Google “Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate.” I’ve been known to stand in a drugstore aisle reading and comparing ingredients lists, even when I don’t plan to purchase anything. I’m not living a completely holistic and organic lifestyle—my budget won’t allow it–but at least, I know what I’m putting in my body and what I should steer clear of.
Hit up CBS for the 10 most lead-filled lip colors, and cross your fingers that your fave didn’t make the list!