Tip of the Day

May 10th, 2011

What's in your lipstick?

Lip smacking good. It's a phrase we use when we see something really tantalizing for our taste buds. And we do lick our lips quite a bit. That's how women in the United States end up ingesting almost four pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. We ingest lipstick when we lick our lips, eat food and drink. You might think, "That's not that big a deal, obviously it hasn't done me much harm so far." Or has it?

Symptoms from ingesting lipstick

Some of the symptoms those sensitive to the chemicals in lipstick might experience are nausea, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, mood swings, or other allergic symptoms. These symptoms are often a result of the synthetic colors in lipsticks. In addition many lipsticks contain alcohol that is drying and can damage lips. Lanolin, which has been known to cause some allergic reactions and mineral oil and petroleum are also sometimes included in conventional lipsticks. Also if you've been avoiding preservatives in your food, you'll want to know that there are often preservatives in your lipsticks as well. It serves the same purpose as in food, to give it a longer shelf life. The FDA has tested a lot of lipsticks to see if lipsticks had lead in them. Read whether your lipstick has lead here. In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, also tested those lipsticks mentioned on the FDA's page.

What should be in lipstick?

While many lipsticks at your local drug store or department store cosmetic counters have petroleum by products like mineral oil, synthetic chemicals, dyes and fragrances, we don't have to buy lipsticks with all that junk in it. There are natural lipstick options. The basic necessities for making lipstick are really quite simple - wax, oil and coloring. Natural lipstick is made using natural versions of each of these ingredients.

Natural Oil options: To help the lipstick spread smoothly across your lips oil is necessary.

  • Jojoba
  • Sunflower
  • Chamomile

Pigment Options: Pigment is what gives your natural lipstick its color.

  • Natural herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Minerals

Natural Lipsticks

Natural lipsticks mean that you'll never have to worry about the chemicals in conventional lipsticks. Select a natural lipstick that is a color you like, and will moisturize and not dry out your lips. Now you can have your health and look good too. Do you have a recipe or a way to make your own lipstick? Do you have a favorite natural lipstick? Leave a review so others know it's a good option.

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