Fake lipsticks sold online were found to contain a dangerous amount of lead, likely to cause health problems.
In a recent court case, Paul Lamerton pleaded guilty to selling fake MAC lipsticks with an astonishing 3702mg of lead within them, compared to the limit being only 10mg.
The regular use of these hazardous lipsticks could result in severe problems such as high blood pressure.
Although these counterfeit lipsticks were dangerous, many makeup brands include unsafe amounts of lead within their lipsticks.
Trusted brands like L’Oreal, MAC, and Revlon all contain some levels of lead within their products.
Luckily, these products are all under the 10mg limit, yet, should we be shocked knowing that we’re applying a toxic metal to our skin?
It’s likely to make you question if there are any other chemicals in your makeup that you don’t know about.
Unfortunately, lead isn’t the only nasty substance found in various makeup products.
Often we are drawn to nice smelling makeup without knowing that the ‘fragrance’ ingredient, is a nasty chemical potentially doing damage to our bodies.
There is evidence of fragrance within brands like Maybelline, Rimmel London, No7 and Neutrogena according to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
It is definitely difficult to suss out which products are likely to be harmful to our bodies, especially with long-winded names for ingredients and from brands that we believe we should trust.
Luckily, there are many websites, like Organic Authority, that give us an insight into the ingredients we should avoid in products and alternatives we can opt for.
Apart from scaring us into the realisation that the stuff we are using on our bodies may be dangerous, it also opens our minds to, what is really in the products we’re using?