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Products from lipsticks are going to be absorbed into your body as you moisten your lips throughout the day, and especially when you eat. Letís face the facts, you are basically eating your lipstick!

One woman can ingest up to 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime. Synthetic dyes derived from aluminum (Lakes colors) and coal tar can be absorbed into our bodies and stored in our organs and fatty tissues.

For the sensitive individual, the use of coal tar colors is said to cause such symptoms as nausea, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, mood swings, or other allergic symptoms.

Coal tar dyes have produced cancer in laboratory animals. Certain types of artificial dyes, lanolin, and added fragrances in lipstick can cause drying and cracking of the lips. A condition called cheilitis, dermatitis of the lips, can occur due to an allergic reaction to lip products since the skin of the lips is quite thin. Some believe that BHA, a commonly used preservative in lipsticks, is carcinogenic and should be avoided.

The cosmetic industry will not tell you that some of the ingredients used in its products are health hazards. But this is no reason to be uninformed. No one wants to be at risk for allergic reactions, irritations, dermatitis, and cancer. The following is a partial listing of common ingredients you will see on lipstick labels, and just what this ingredient is:

When using natural lipsticks, it is advisable to keep them away from heat and direct sunlight because they are more soft than commercial types. Do not share any lip products with others since contamination can occur. Do use brushes or mini spatulas to remove lipstick from its container when applying it. Besides keeping bacteria out of the product, lip products tend to last longer on the lips. If applying lipstick straight from the tube, apply once, blot off with a Kleenex, and apply again. This will keep the pigment on the lips longer.

The bottom line is to pay attention to what the ingredients are on any cosmetic label. Buy lipstick of a natural origin, with ingredients that you would not mind eating!

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