How Much Lead Is Safe In Cosmetics? FDA Makes New Recommendation

lipsticksFDA issues a friendly reminder not to eat your lipstick. A new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests a limit on the use of lead in cosmetics, reminding beauty retailers of the maximum level of lead when creating and hocking products containing the metal — especially in lip products, which can be easily swallowed, as well as externally applied products, which can be absorbed through the skin.

Though, “lead occurs naturally in the environment, and its occurrence, as an impurity, in cosmetic products can’t be avoided. FDA has taken action whenever necessary to remove products from the market that contain lead at unsafe levels,” a statement reads.

In an attempt to do so, the agency has proposed a maximum of ten parts per million for lead in all lip makeup (for example: lipsticks, glosses, liners, lip kits – a la Kylie Jenner) as well as a long list of products like eyeshadows, blushes, compact powders, body lotions, shampoos and progressive hair dyes containing lead acetate.

As for the significance, prior to said guidelines, the law didn’t require…

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