You lipstick could be delivering more than just a pretty pout. High-use pucker perfecters could be ingesting unwanted metals, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health have identified concerning levels of potentially cancer-causing metals in lipstick and lip gloss.
While they are not naming names, the team tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They found lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals, some of which were found at levels that could raise potential health concerns. Their findings will be published online in the journal Environmental Healt