How Safe are your Cosmetics?
Nothing is sexier than having that glow of confidence that comes from caring about your own health. Make-up can’t provide you coverage in this area, ladies. It’s time to make safer choices about what make-up to purchase, or risk covering your lips in lead. Women across the nation are speaking out about the dangers of lead-staining lipstick, still being sold by cosmetic companies such as Maybelline. Advocates are becoming a part of the “Kiss Lead Goodbye” contest hosted by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (http://safecosmetics.org/). In this contest, consumers actively engage by submitting photos and videos demanding the cosmetics industry to take the lead out of their lipsticks.
Ever since the FDA passed the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, studies have found that big cosmetic companies have been concealing harmful ingredients in their make-up that include the following: lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, thallium, selenium, and nickel. None of these ingredients can be found on labels. Although the effects are not immediate, over time the build up of the metal can prove hazardous. The Safe Cosmetics Act will give the FDA more of a say in what standards and qualifications cosmetics must meet before being placed on the market for consumers to purchase.
Lead is a poisonous metal that can be especially dangerous for children and pregnant women. It interferes with normal fetal growth and can cause both learning and behavioral problems. Such health effects from the harmful ingredients are easy to avoid if we debunk the common myth and get to the solution. The Myth: Just because it is the most expensive does not mean that it is the best quality. Although it is providing that 24-hour coverage, is it worth risking permanent damage to your IQ? It is not true that we can avoid unsafe cosmetics by purchasing the most expensive brand. Take a look at some of the brand name cosmetic companies that have raised red flags: Clinique, Sephora, MAC, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, and Revlon.
The Solution: It seems like it is right time to turn to small manufacturers that carry handmade, organic products. These lack the fragrances and preservatives that leading cosmetics have. However, it is important to remember that just because it says “organic” does not mean that it is FDA approved. Also, keep in mind that choosing make-up that has naturally occurring minerals like zinc can be better for your epidermis Knowing how porous our faces are, it is always good to follow this rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t eat it, then it doesn’t belong on your face. If you are ever too worried, don’t forget that there is always the option not to wear make-up. It is likely that the battle for environmentally safe cosmetics will continue. In the mean time, don’t let your Romeo’s kiss of death, “Thus, with a kiss, I die,” be from those lead-laden lips of yours.
By Clarissa Burt with Haleigh Hoffmanner
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