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What's the deal? Are we over reacting to the studies that show lead in lipstick is dangerous? how much lipsteak lead does one have to eat where it becomes problematic? How much lead did they feed the mice?
I don't get it. We put pollutants in our body and on our body more often than we care to think about. Is this just another hysteria created by the media? For sure I am not going to throw away my Ruby Silk lipstick.

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What's the deal? Are we over reacting to the studies that show lead in lipstick is dangerous? how much lipsteak lead does one have to eat where it becomes problematic? How much lead did they feed the mice?
I don't get it. We put pollutants in our body and on our body more often than we care to think about. Is this just another hysteria created by the media? For sure I am not going to throw away my Ruby Silk lipstick.

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Well, I took notice when I heard a cosmetic panelist say that in a woman's lifetime the lipstick she injests from her lips is around 54 pounds .... and their all going to my hips!
 

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Well, I took notice when I heard a cosmetic panelist say that in a woman's lifetime the lipstick she injests from her lips is around 54 pounds .... and their all going to my hips!
that is the MOSt ridiculous thing i have ever heard! I dont even think all the lipstick I own in a lifetime (full tubes) would weigh that much! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
 

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that is the MOSt ridiculous thing i have ever heard! I dont even think all the lipstick I own in a lifetime (full tubes) would weigh that much! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
Wow - 54 pounds in a lifetime! Yikes!

Let's say that she ingests 1 pound per year for 54 years (ages 18-72). That's 16 oz per year or 1.33 oz per month. Yikes!

The typical tube of lipstick is .12 oz - just scanning the Sephora website at a variety of brands. This means that a typical woman must ingest 11 tubes or so in order to hit the 1.33 oz monthly diet. This would be almost 3 tubes a week, or one every other day! Yikes!

And since the study is for an average woman - it includes some not wearing any at all, some wearing less than the average, and others wearing more than the average. Can you imagine - some gals are eating more than 11 tubes a month. Yikes! Better stay with the natural products, I suppose!
 

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I know lead can be very harmful, my bf was in contact with lead for most of his life and now he has serious health concern, when you are young, you may laugh at this but it will catch you up later. He has most of these symptoms:

Lead can harm the nervous system, kidneys and other major organs. Anemia, a decline in red blood cells, can occur, as well as damage to the nervous system that may impair mental function. At worst, lead poisoning can cause seizures or death.

"Just by way of comparison," Cooper told Marketplace, "the amount of lead that can start to cause developmental problems in a child's brain is the amount of lead you can put on the head of pin."

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CBC Marketplace: Lead
 

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Anyone know the worst offenders? I hear this is mostly a concern for red shades? I use mostly MAC lipsticks (but looking to switch to more natural alternatives) and I was told by one makeup artist that a few of their red shades may have lead.

Cosmetic companies are not going to include in the ingredients so its up to the consumer to investigate. To be safe, better to purchase from companies that are devoted to using the purest ingredients possible.
 

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Mabelline is one of the worst.
 
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