When I was a girl I never realized how many things I needed to know about becoming a woman. Things were going along fine and dandy when I was just a little girl playing with her Easy Bake Oven. Then one day – BAM! I had to trade in my homemade treats for training bras and ‘advice that every young woman should know’ courtesy of my mother.
1. How to properly put on pantyhose.
2. How to use those weird looking, foot-long, crazy-thick pads in the pink box under the bathroom sink.
3. The true meaning of ‘support’ and why it was related to the slingshot-looking contraption my mother called a training bra.
4. The proper way to apply cosmetics so one doesn’t look like a ‘Lady of the Night’ – beige lipstick. Beige?! Blech!
I’ve gotta say, I love lipstick; I always have. Maybe it’s the artist in me, but I simply must paint my lips. I have phases when it comes to colors. I used to wear nothing but browns. Then I decided to wear orange-reds for a while until my surgery last year, where I found myself reaching for subtle pink shades to make me look a bit rosy even though my sallow skin told a different story.
I’m afraid my love affair for lipstick took an ugly turn this weekend after reading an extremely disturbing article from MotherJones.com about the various toxins found in very popular lipsticks, many of which I had, including (brace yourself): Burt’s Bees. Seriously. Good Lord, if I have to be careful of Burt’s Bees, what has the world come to?!
in part, the article reads:
……women who apply lipstick two to three times daily can ingest a significant amount—20 percent of the daily amount that’s considered safe in drinking water or more—of aluminum, cadmium, chromium, and manganese. Depending on the lipstick, in some cases women who slathered it on (14 times a day or more) were meeting or surpassing the daily recommended exposure to chromium, aluminum, and manganese. Lead, a metal that humans should avoid exposure to entirely, was detected in 75 percent of the samples.
I had 4 of the lipsticks that tested high in levels of lead. FOUR! If you wear any lipstick at all, I highly recommend reading this article and check to see if any of your shades are on the list. You can find the article and the list right here.
I’m grateful to have this information, but I’m also angry that these very popular and well-publicized brands are allowed to produce and market these toxic products in this day and age. As for me, I should be educating myself more. I have spent so much time and effort over the years about what I put INTO my body that I have forgotten about what goes ON it.
Incidentally, the lipsticks with the least amount of lead were Wet n’ Wild, Bobbi Brown, and Shiseido brands.
So, what lip-friendly brands do you put on your lips? Clearly I have some shopping to do.