What is LEAD
Lead is a heavy metal that has historically been used in various cosmetic products for its color-enhancing properties, particularly in lipsticks, eyeliners, and hair dyes. However, lead in cosmetics has raised significant health concerns due to its toxicity.
Lead exposure through cosmetics, especially lipstick and other lip products, can lead to potential health risks. Even low levels of lead exposure can accumulate in the body over time, posing risks to both children and adults. Lead is a neurotoxin that can affect the central nervous system, leading to cognitive and developmental impairments in children and various health issues in adults. In 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a study on lead levels in cosmetics, including lip products, highlighting the need for safety measures and regulatory oversight to reduce the risk of lead exposure through cosmetic use. However, it's essential for consumers to be vigilant and choose cosmetics from reputable brands that adhere to safety standards, particularly when it comes to products that are applied to the lips or near the mouth.
[Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (2020). "FDA Survey of Cosmetics for Lead."https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/potential-contaminants-cosmetics/fda-survey-cosmetics-lead]