Revlon, Elle 18, L’Oreal, Streetwear, Lakme, Maybelline, etc. – all these names remind you of your favorite lipstick brands you are using and planning to buy some new shades. Even I do prefer Revlon and Elle 18. But the latest report by Consumer Education and Research Society (CERS), Ahmedabad, has alerted me. The toxic chemical content, lead, is higher than the permissible rate in a few brands of lipsticks, as reported by the consumer magazine CERS.
As per the report –
“CERS tested 43 varieties of lipsticks covering 19 brands and three varieties of lip gloss from three brands, which had detectable levels of lead content. The lead content in Maybelline 09 Water shine Liquid Diamond lip-gloss recorded the highest lead level among lip-glosses with 12ppm.”
Beware of the Side effects of Lipstick
The level of lead in lipstick can only be measured in the laboratory. On average, a woman digests 2 kgs of lipstick in her lifetime. Over time, consuming harmful chemicals in lipstick, and lead affects the woman. It might lead to problems in learning, language, and behavior. At the pregnancy stage, the intake of this chemical easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain. This further affects the development of the child.
We all are almost not aware of the above fact. If the child shows an abnormality, we generally say it’s because of a gene problem. But there could also be some other reason.
We blindly rely on branded products and use them confidently. But the research by CERS has revealed another truth. The mandatory labeling part was missing. Even the batch number and license number were not printed. Almost 90 percent of the lipsticks were not carrying an expiry date, which is very important for each buyer to see before buying anything. We are ignorant that we hardly look for the mentioned lists before paying the retailer.
“JAGO GRAHAK JAGO”
CERS RECOMMENDATION TO BIS (BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS)
- Prohibition of colors used in cosmetics to contain lead.
- Limit of lead in colors to lower from 20 ppm to 0 ppm in cosmetics.
- List of ingredients to be printed on the product.
- Display the maximum retail price, date of manufacture, and expiry on products below the pack size of 10 gm/10 ml.
Courtesy – Business Standard