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Toxicity of lipstick something to consider

A woman might eat as much as 3 kilograms of lipstick in a lifetime ‚Äì that’s the equivalent of 12 sticks of butter and about the average size of a newborn baby.

Toxic effects in our bodies can build over time so it is worth considering the toxic load of everything we put in our mouth, including what we put on our lips.

Some of the questionable ingredients that might be present in your favorite brand of lipstick include:

Methylparaben is a preservative used in many cosmetic products including lipstick, foundation, mascara and shampoo. Of most concern is its potential effect on the endocrine system – something to consider if pregnant or trying to conceive.

Proplyparaben is also a concern as an endocrine disruptor. It is also a preservative and can irritate skin and eyes and cause allergic reactions.

Tocopheryl acetate is an antioxidant that is synthetically derived and carries a GMO (genetically modified) risk. Human skin toxicity is its main issue with sensitisation an unpleasant after effect. Beyond lipstick this chemical is also found in makeup, moisturisers and dietary supplements.

These are just three suspects to hunt down in your label reading. In Australia these ingredients are only considered safe up to set limits. See your Chemical Maze App to find out more.

Read more: Toxic Lipstick ingredients or how to cure hives and other skin irritations.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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