I have always encouraged Pai customers to take a closer look, but now it seems that a wider beauty press is also beginning to question the ingredients in cosmetics.
This week Daily Mail Online revealed "the ugly secrets that the beauty industry doesn't tell us" – secrets that include the presence of lead, arsenic, and mercury in popular makeup products.
According to a 2011 report (Heavy Metal Danger: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Facial Makeup), these metals were found in 49 popular products, including Clinique Foundation and L’Oreal Mascara.
You cannot find them in the ingredient lists because no company uses them as ingredients. Instead, they are impurities, often from minerals, that are used as pigments.
The US Federal Drug Administration tested the lead content in lipsticks (2010) and found the metal in concentrations of up to 7 ppm and an average of 1 ppm.
To put this into context, Colins Beauty Blog (written by a cosmetologist) calculated that you would have to eat over 30,000 lipsticks to get a lethal dose.
That is, the FDA limit is 0.1 ppm lead in candy (which will be eaten) and some of the lipsticks (which you will hopefully not eat!) Were over 3 ppm – 3,000% above the recommended dose in food .
The Daily's Trevor Butterworth estimates that you would need to eat 7-10 tubes in one session of the most contaminated lipstick to temporarily take in enough lead to be concerned.
Robert Tisserand of Personal Care Truth says lead in American brands is too small to be harmful to health, but that a Chinese lipstick had a lead content of 3,760 ppm – almost 4 million% higher than the average lead content in the United States Branded lipsticks. I would stay away from lipsticks and makeup products from Chinese brands that I suspect are fake.
Most people don't eat lipsticks (!), And when you buy from major brands, there are no real health concerns about metal contamination of cosmetics. However, it's an idea to keep your makeup away from children under the age of 6 and possibly consider reducing lipstick during pregnancy.
I don't know enough about mineral pigments to say whether natural and organic cosmetics contain fewer pollutants than the common brands. I would expect them to be the same, but I'm happy to be corrected!
What do you think about all this? Will it keep you from shopping for makeup in the future, or is it a negligible problem?