Lethal Lipstick: What You Need To Know About Lead In Lipstick

Lead In Lipstick: What You Need To Know

Is there lead in your lipstick? Should you be concerned?

Every now and then studies pop up that force us to question the safety of what we put in and on our bodies. And while many of these hyped up dangers are quickly quashed, some seem to stubbornly stick around. One that has The Beauty Bean pursing our lips: the claim that there is lead in our lipstick.

At the crux of this claim are two studies: the first, a 2007 study conducted by an independent nonprofit organization that found that 61% of the tested lipsticks contained between 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million of lead. And, the second, a follow-up study conducted by the FDA with even more menacing results. Sounds scary? We thought so too. Especially since the average woman consumes about 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime!

Our fears, however, were quickly calmed when we learned both that the FDA limits the lead content in the color additives of lipstick to 20 parts per million (significantly higher than that found in any of the tested tubes) and that the FDA allows sugar-based candy products to contain up to 0.1 parts per million of lead, of which the average person in the US eats about 24.5 pounds of each year.

Still fearful? Skip the pre-meal touch-up and instead swipe on your favorite shade after eating to minimize the amount of your lipstick you inadvertently consume.