are lipsticks really dangerous?

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@averygirl72 (16655)
Philippines
April 23, 2012 5:19pm CST
I have read on a newspaper before that lipsticks have lead content. My sister told me that her teacher said that you can test the lead content of lipstick by rubbing a silver or gold jewelry on lipstick stain on your skin and if it turns black it has lead content. I tried maybelline lipstick and it darkened slightly as well as other avon lipsticks. Then, I have one cheap lipstick from ever bilena which easily turned black when rubbed with silver jewelry. I also tried one lipstick brought at a mercury drugstore and quite expensive and it also turned dark easily. After that I am quite scared of putting lipstick. I think it is better to use lipbalms like maybelline lipbalms that release color or light tint after being applied. How about petroleum-based lipbalms are they also safe?
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@salonga (27982)
• Philippines
26 Jul 12
lipstick - It makes you look better.
Is that so? This made me scared. I think I should go and test all my lipsticks for lead content. If tested positive I'd just throw them all away. How come manufacturers add lead to their lipstick? Don't they know how dangerous lead are? Anyway I think they should be honest enough to indicate in their packaging that their product has lead and I think the government should look into this issue very strictly.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
26 Jul 12
Hi, with regards to safety of the products we use, I really believe lots or products or merchandise actually has health hazards in it. Manufacturers does not seem to care so much because all they think is to have money. Like the Chinese they don't care about the chemicals they put in their products as long as they will have lots of profits, they don't mind the health risk so it just depends on us to be wise in the products we usually buy.
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@salonga (27982)
• Philippines
27 Jul 12
Yes you are right. This is the reason why I avoid Chinese beauty products and even food products. It has been proven over and over again that they add dangerous chemicals to their products so we better be careful. We should rather buy branded and proven products rather than take risk in cheap products from China.
• United States
23 Apr 12
The best way to tell is to look at the back of the package and see the ingredients in the lipstick, lipbalm or what have you. It definately depends on how much you are applying the stuff. If you only apply a couple times a day, I would say the exposure would be minumum to none. However, if you are obsessive about it and applying many times in an hour, you might want to look for a lip care with more natural ingredients in it and a little more expensive since it is going on your lips and some in your mouth to be ingested as well.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
More natural ingredients..yes, that is what is needed for lipsticks because it is possible to be ingested in many ways.
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
yes i am agree with both of you.It is not really dangerous.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 May 12
I have never heard about lipstick being dangerous before. I will have to research it. I don't really use it but if it's a special occasion..I might wear it. I do use chap stick though. It is a must for me in the winter time.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Very few I believe knows about it. I need to do more research. For the meantime, lip balms with some tint can help!
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
25 Apr 12
you hear all sorts of different things. i have heard about lip balms drying out your lips so you need to apply more all the time. i would read the contents on the package, email the company, do your homework or go green (meaning, just go to a health food store that sells makeup).
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
There are many alternatives to lipstick, yes we can go green and go healthy!
• India
24 Apr 12
Hello friend, Yes your sister is correct. It is bad for our lips and also health. So try to use it minimum times. I also don't use it in every time. Have a nice day.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Thanks, that is the best thing to do, use it minimum times since we are not so sure.
@verolop29 (1096)
• United States
24 Apr 12
I use lipbalm too. My husband(who is an expert at this kind of stuff)told me that ppl who make lipstick and such make it out of the plasma that comes from our blood. Have u ever donated plasma? well that yellow-ish color liquid found in the plasma..they use something from that to make lipstick. as soon as he told me that, I vowed i would never wear lipstick. I only use Neutrgena lipgloss. it has a lightly pinkish color that leaves ur lips with some color..and it acts as a sunblock for ur lips as well! its $7 for a tube that is as big as my finger. I hope this helps some..=) happy mylotting
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Wow, that is something new! Lipsticks made of blood plasma. I don't really know how lipsticks are made. I never watched a show showing how these lipsticks are made. We never know what are all the ingredients found in a lipstick.
@ifa225 (11099)
• Indonesia
24 Apr 12
Hi avery almost every cosmetics contain a dangerous chemical for our body i heard tht whitener skin contain mercury too It is better to avoid all of them try to ignore people who judge you just by the way you look or maybe if you have to wear hose cosmetics try to reduce it our health is more important
• Finland
24 Apr 12
I think they some might be dangerous.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Yeah some might be dangerous.
@ryanong (9695)
• Vietnam
24 Apr 12
I read from somewhere, it said that if we do use lipsticks regularly everyday, we will swallow many lipsticks during our life. It is not good also, of course. I used to like to used water lipsticks, its smell looks like fruits, then i often lick my lips. But after reading it I rarely use lipsticks, I just use lipsticks in winter time when the weather is very dry and in meetings that i need to make up when attending. I think better we don't use lipsticks everyday, we can't avoid to swallow it.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Nice...that is true, there are water lipsticks that are not really sticky on the lips, they could be safe somehow. Yes, we need to limit the use of lipstick everyday.
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
24 Apr 12
That's quite alarming. I only put on one type of makeup on my face, and that's lipstick (well, apart from powder, which i don't consider to be a makeup). So, if lipsticks are dangerous to our health, I'd be the palest walking person on earth. Darn it... I think we can always check on the label. These products go through some testing, right, and I don't think the quality assurance would let it pass if they have lead content that is at a fatal level.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Yeah, that is right. We need lipstick so we don't end up to be the palest walking person on earth. Lipsticks are really important make up as most professionals always need to wear make up at work.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
24 Apr 12
I have no idea if lipstick is dangerous to us. I don't wear them as I just love to wear lip balm or vaseline for my lip to avoid it getting dry as lip gets dry faster if I don't use it. I don't like lipstick because I am not used of the color maybe because I don't use it everyday so I feel that I just look weird with it. I think if I use it everyday I will get used to it and will have such feeling that I look weird wearing it.. about the content of lipsticks if it too dangerous they will banned the product from the market. I think we an rely on certain lipstick especially the verified ones.(^^)
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
8 May 12
I also don't use lipsticks often. I just wonder why lipsticks are not banned even if they have high lead content. We need to check them out to see if they are really safe.
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
24 Apr 12
I haven't heard of that. I wear lipstick everyday..
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
7 May 12
That is an old issue, but anyway we still see lipsticks until now.
• United States
23 Apr 12
The way I see it is women have been wearing lipstick for generations and they were never hurt. I just wouldn't get all worried about it. I continue to wear mine when I go out.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
23 Apr 12
I'm pretty sure really better quality lipsticks don't have lead in them (or not that much it would cause health problems)... cheap stuff, however... you never know what they put in them.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
30 Apr 12
that is the best thing to do... avoid cheap lipsticks..it is highly possible that they contain not just trace amounts of lead but high amounts of lead.
• United States
23 Apr 12
I don't wear lipstick, cause I'm a guy, but I've heard that they put all sorts of stuff in there, most of its to make you look better.
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
supposed to be, they put safe ingredients to it not chemicals
@laken02 (3067)
• United States
23 Apr 12
im not sure i have never heard of that at all, hmm but i dont wear alot of lip sticks anyhow, hardly ever and if i do its a brown color, i do use chap stick in the winter or if my lips get dry, and i can use any as long as it dont taste greasy on my lips i dont like that feel.. feels yucky . soi stick with plain colored cherry lip balm..
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
I like brown color lipstick too, yeah better just use colored lip balms!
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
22 Dec 12
hi, maybe those lipstick who have an unknown brand are the lipstick who are dangerous in our lips,but when we already know the brand and good to us then i will use that lipstick,before i had encountered this fake one and its hot in the lips and made my lips more dried.