You Eat Your Lipstick

You know you eat your lipstick, right?

I know that sounds extreme but it’s true! What you put onto your lips gets ingested!

What’s even more extreme is that your lip products (or any other makeup that has colorant) may contain harmful heavy metals.

Though small amounts of some heavy metals (like iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium) are essential nutrients required for good health, several heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic pose some of the biggest risks to human health, including cancer, lowered IQ, neurological effects, headaches, and kidney, lung and heart damage.

For the most part, cosmetic companies are not intentionally using heavy metals as ingredients in their products. (Thank God.) However, heavy metals are frequently found in cosmetic colorants as contaminants. Whether those colorants are natural ingredients that come from the earth (where heavy metals are present at random and may attach to the intentionally mined ingredients), or whether they are synthetically derived, heavy metal contamination seems to be common in a wide range of cosmetic products. (Insert tears.)

The FDA does not currently regulate or require companies to test their formulas for heavy metal contamination. As long as the heavy metal isn’t used as an intentional ingredient, they get the green light.

So, short of commissioning your own tests on your favorite lipstick, you have no way of knowing if it is contaminated with heavy metals.

So, what’s a lipstick (or gloss) kind of girl to do? Get aligned with a company doing the work for you!

Beautycounter screens for heavy metal contaminants at each step in the original product formulation process. Then, EVERY SINGLE BATCH of color cosmetics produced is screened! So yes, the specific Beautycounter Rosewood Lip Gloss you put onto your lips has been tested for your safety!

They test for 12 heavy metals: antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and selenium.

Beautycounter always strives to achieve undetectable levels of heavy metals in their products. Sometimes “undetectable” is not possible for every metal in every formula. (You have to think, these heavy metals are all around us – in our soil, air, water, food supply, etc.) In the absence of U.S. governmental guidance, Beautycounter has set their allowable limits at or below the strictest international guidance on acceptable trace levels of heavy metal impurities in cosmetics, using the most up-to-date scientific evidence. Their allowable thresholds vary by metal, but in all cases are extremely low — far lower than Health Canada’s limits, who currently has the most health-protective standards in place.

If a product exceeds the allowable levels, they either reformulate the product or choose to not proceed with the formulation.

Bottom line: The FDA does not require cosmetic companies to test their products for harmful heavy metal contaminants. As a consumer, you have no way of knowing whether your products are contaminated with heavy metals unless you test them yourself or shop from companies who are doing the work on the backend.

Beautycounter goes above and beyond what other companies are doing in terms of your safety. They screen every single product formulation, as well as every single batch of color cosmetics, for heavy metal contamination. You can be 100% sure that what you are putting onto your skin meets their strict safety standards.

Gina Schade

Gina Schade

Gina is a certified health coach and author of The 90/10 Life Cookbook, and director at Beatycounter. She helps her clients create a toxin-free complexion they feel 100% confident in!

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