For most women, applying lipstick is part of the daily routine, but many don't realize in order to get that perfect pout, it may mean coating your lips in traces of lead. The toxin was found in every brand the Food and Drug Administration tested. Newschannel 6 Lindsey Forst talked with a Texoma specialist about the potential health risks associated to lead in your lipstick.
Lipstick comes in every shade you can imagine, but something most women can't imagine is that the tiny tubes also contain a harmful toxin. The FDA this month is publishing the results of its investigation into lead in lipstick. The agency did the tests in response to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' survey that found traces of the toxin in a number of lipsticks on the market.
"The FDA released a follow up study that found lead in all samples of lead it tested and actually found levels four times what we found in our study," Lisa Archer said. She is the director for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Maybelline, L'Oreal and Cover Girl were among the brands earning a place in the top ten lipsticks with the highest lead content. Of the 400 tested, the worst is Maybelline's Color Sensational Pink Petal with 7.19 ppm. The FDA has no set limits for lead in cosmetics, only specifications for the amount in color additives used in the products.
"What we're calling for is to update outdated laws. They're from 1938 and the industry has changed a lot. We have a 70 year-old law governing a $60 million industry. With thousands of products and thousands of new chemicals in the market, most of which has never been assessed for safety," Archer said.
While the FDA claims there is no safety concern with the amount of