CAN BEAUTY BE DANGEROUS?:


Besides the fact that I dont wear make-up at all, is the question that some women are asking now. Is it dangerous? Well, this is not a new subject, really no subjet is really new. It just takes us a long time to find out about it.

Well, to answer your question your gonna have to read the rest of this article. For the first time ever, im going to to let you decide whether or not what’s good or bad for you. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Romans 14:5

Read this article written by the following: 

Credit: By Suzanne D’Amato, Washington Post Staff Writer, Date: Sunday, January 27, 2008

“Lipstick tainted with lead. Mascara that contains mercury. A hair-straightening treatment that slicks your tresses with protein . . . and formaldehyde? As three recent controversies show, sometimes the world of beauty can be downright ugly.

Take the lipstick debate. Last fall, a study gave women reason to worry about their war paint: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 lipsticks for lead, from Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer to L’Oreal Colour Riche. They found that 61 percent of the lipsticks tested contained a detectable amount of the contaminant. In fact, several lipsticks exceeded the Food and Drug Administration’s lead limit for candy. (The study used candy as a benchmark not only because women ingest both candy and lipstick — albeit in vastly different amounts — but also because the FDA does not set lead standards for lipstick.)

Even a minuscule amount of lead is a big problem, says Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spokeswoman Stacy Malkan. “What the companies will often say is, ‘There’s a little toxin in one product and you can’t say it causes harm,’ ” she says. “But none of us uses just one product.” Lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in the body over time, which is why tiny amounts ingested regularly (or in the case of lipstick, multiple times per day) could be hazardous.

Not everyone sees lead in lipstick as quite the issue Malkan does. “Lead is in our environment, even without all the industrial production of chemicals,” says John Bailey, chief scientist for the Personal Care Products Council, a D.C.-based trade association. “It’s part of the earth . . . I don’t think it really warrants these alarmist conclusions.”

Right now, concerned lipstick lovers don’t have a lot of options. “The only way to find out if your lipstick has lead is to send it to a lab and pay $150,” Malkan says. “I think that’s ridiculous, to expect consumers to do that.”

It’s considerably easier to find out if your mascara contains mercury. Traditionally added as a preservative, the substance is rare in cosmetics these days. When it exists, it’s generally in cake mascaras, such as those made by Paula Dorf and La Femme, rather than wand versions. You may see it listed as “thimerosal,” a mercury-based compound.

In eye-area cosmetics, the FDA allows mercury if no other effective preservative is available. The concentration can be up to 65 parts per million. That may not sound like much, but the presence of mercury in any amount worries some people. This month, Minnesota imposed a ban on many products containing the substance, including thermostats, medical devices and, yes, mascara.

“It’s a potent neurotoxin that can cause brain damage in developing fetuses,” Malkan says. “Many women get mercury from fish and other sources. We don’t need any more.”

Bailey says that the FDA uses a voluntary reporting program for cosmetics ingredients; the program has no current registrations that report mercury being used in the eye area, he says. “We certainly can’t count on a voluntary reporting program.” Malkan says. Click the credit link to see full article.

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