Culprits in Your Beauty Bag

Believe it or not, yourbeauty products could be giving you more bang than you bargained for.

In 201O, the FDA found lead in all of the lipsticks tested, with amounts ranging from 0.09 ppm to 3.06 ppm,and an average value of 1.07 ppm. The FDA concludes that the lead levels found are within the range that would be expected from lipsticks formulated with permitted colour additives and other ingredients which are prepared under good manufacturing practice conditions.


Some common chemicals in cosmetics, hair products, body lotions, hand creams and even teeth whitening products are Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben and n-Butylparaben. In 2004, oncology expert PhilippaDarbre – from the University of Reading in England – highlighted to the media that these substances were discovered in samples of breast cancer tumours.

Lipsticksthat bite back

Here’s a list of harmful substances commonly found in lipstick:

  1. Carmine

Derived from the shell of the female cochineal beetle, carmine is a source of red colouring which can cause allergic reactions.

  1. Lake colours

Derived from aluminium, barium potassium, and strontium – all of which are poisonous.

  1. Lanolin

Derived from the oil glands of sheep, lanolin can cause allergic reactions, and can be harmful to ingest if it contains pesticide residue.

  1. Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben and n-Butylparaben

Discovered in samples of breast cancer tumours.

  1. Talc

This, and so many other chemicals,is absorbed through the skin or accidentally ingested, and stay put in your body.

Organic make-up.The better choice.

Choose to go organic for a whole lot of good reasons:

  • Natural
  • Safe and non-toxic.
  • Free from heavy metals.
  • Does not affect your thyroid glands and hormones.
  • Reduces your risk of skin allergies.
  • Not harmful if accidentally ingested with your food.
  • Does not contain lead or arsenic.
For Better Health,
Dr Nor

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