Lipsticks are truly a woman’s best friend, or that’s what most of us have been made to believe! They instantly add colour to your face, and make you look ravishing within minutes. Let’s just say they work as the perfect pick-me-up, but are they good for you? Yes ladies, most of us have barely paid attention to this fact. After all, there has to be a reason why these long-lasting lipsticks stay on for SO long? Or why is it that the colours are so perfect?
These are some pertinent questions, and we’re here to tell you all. A study by the Berkeley School of Public Health at the University of California revealed that most lip glosses and lipsticks available today contain harmful levels of chromium, lead, aluminium, cadmium and several other toxic materials.
What’s more, the study also noted that continuous exposure to these levels could lead to a long-term health issue, especially in those people who apply lipstick more than two to three times in a 24-hour period. And with regular use comes the risk of receiving excessive amounts of chromium, which is linked to the occurrence of abdominal tumors.
1. They cause toxicity in the body
By now we know the number of toxic ingredients in lipsticks, so it’s highly likely that your body will absorb these toxicities. In fact, without even realising, women sometimes ingest these materials. Always look at the ingredients before you buy lipsticks. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
2. They are the cause of several skin allergies
Have you found yourself with a sudden rash on your lips or itchiness around the lip area? Well, now you know why! That’s because lipsticks have a chemical called bismuth oxychloride for preservation. This ingredient is carcinogenic, so beware!
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3. They can even cause cancer
No, we are not kidding! Since most of the ingredients are carcinogenic in nature, the likelihood of getting cancer from lipsticks is high. In fact, the chemicals used to preserve lipsticks cause several health issues like coughing, eye irritation, wheezing and other allergies. In extreme cases, cancer can happen.
4. They cause changes in the endocrine system
For the unversed, lipsticks contain petrochemicals, which can cause major changes in the endocrine system. And if that happens, your body undergoes several issues in your cognitive and reproductive abilities.
5. They could cause renal failure
In extreme cases, renal failure can also happen, as a consequence of using lipsticks regularly. This is because of the large quantities of cadmium present in lipsticks. Stomach tumours are also another issue that can happen, due to the presence of this toxic chemical.