Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lip Gloss Ingredients that May Cause Cancer

Lipstick and lip gloss are a part of makeup basics used by most women around the world.  Two studies, one from the U.S.A. consumer group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and another by Canadian environmental consumer group (environmentaldefence.ca) found lead in lipstick and lip gloss.

Besides the problem with the ingredients that may be toxic, lip gloss is usually void of sun protection that can help prevent skin cancer.  Your lips do need to be protected and although some lip balm do contain sun protection, women would rather use lip gloss to add color.

Lip Gloss Ingredients
Lip gloss can add a wonderful touch to your lips and most women dare leave the house without it.  It feels good as it moisturizes and softens your lips with luscious colors. You won't find ingredients such as lead listed on your lip gloss or lipstick label.  

Most lip gloss, like lipstick, contain wax, oils such as lanolin, petrolatum, and color.  A study by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 60 percent of lipsticks and lip gloss contained trace amounts of lead, especially with those that contained red colors.  The US Food and Drug Administration has set a limit of 0.1ppm lead for candy.  The lipstick and lip gloss tested, had levels ranging from 0.33 to 0.65ppm.

The Canadian group reported in the Montreal Gazette that they found not only lead but trace amounts of arsenic and cadmium in their findings.  This is especially alarming since many buy kids lip gloss, which is made of the same ingredients.


Best Lip Gloss to Protect Your Lips
When your lips are exposed to the sun, UVA and UVB rays may damage your lips.  Most women think by applying lip gloss, the moisturizer helps protect their lips.  In fact, dermatologists feel the shiny part of lip gloss helps attract and absorb the sun's rays.

The best way to protect your lips is the following:
  • Use Cleure lip gloss with shea butter - shea butter is reported to have natural sunscreen properties.  Cleure Lip Gloss if free of toxic ingredients.
  • Use natural lip balm with shea butter underneath your lip gloss.
It's easy to learn how to apply lip gloss.  Make sure you don't go over the edge of your lips, and after distributing it evenly on the top and bottom lip, rub your lips together.  Applying lipstick first, and then a dab of lip gloss to the middle of your bottom lip, gives the illusion of plump lips.

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