This story might make you hesitate before applying your next coat of lipstick. Scientists at the Center for Science and Environment, a nonprofit public research organization, released a study in January that examined the effects of make-up containing heavy metals – which includes most major brands – and found them to have adverse effects to the body.
Other research by the University of California, Berkeley, found that lipsticks can contain a cocktail of as many as nine different metals. If used twice a day, they provided more than 20 per cent of a person’s acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aluminum, cadmium and manganese – and that’s just one product! Surveys find that the average woman’s daily grooming and make-up routine includes a shocking 515 different synthetic chemicals!
Once these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, the body’s largest organ, and enter the bloodstream they can contribute to a host of conditions: acne, hormonal problems, memory loss, migraine headaches, and neurological problems. Not so pretty.
The good news is that many new lines of organic cosmetics have been popping up and consumers are becoming as label savvy with their make-up as they are with food. Reading labels and being aware of the ingredients in the products you’re using not only makes you a better consumer, but in this case, it will make you healthier and more beautiful as well.
Our Genoma Skin Care line of cosmetics is chemical free and made with only all natural, wild-crafted and organic botanicals.