My Truths #157 (modern cosmetics)

by Stephanie

Although I use it in small quantities nearly every day, I am very leery of modern makeup. Most cosmetics contain chemicals and are likely contributing (if even in a small way) to the toxic load your body is faced with. Just because you’re not ingesting it doesn’t mean your body is not absorbing it. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it does end up in your bloodstream (think of the nicoderm patch for example). That being said, ingesting it is the fastest and surest route…which brings us to lipstick!  

Modern lipstick is made up of waxes, oils, fats, emollients and pigments. Many people believe that there are large amounts of lead in lipstick but this is not true. There are many conflicting stories out there about the amount of lipstick that a woman swallows in her lifetime. Some peg it to be as much as 10 lbs and I supposed he would be ingesting his fair share as well if he’s kissing those lips!  Snopes has put this argument to rest here http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/lipstick.asp

Regardless of the amount of lipstick you think you may be “eating” and how detrimental that might be, I think we can all agree that it’s probably not having a positive effect on your health.  If you are concerned about your overall wellbeing I would encourage you to consider the products that you are putting on your skin and to seek out more natural alternatives whenever possible.

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