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CINCINNATI - Red lipstick can turn heads and revolutionize an outfit, but your ruby-red lips could come with a health risk.
Researchers at UC Berkley tested 32 lipsticks and glosses and found traces of nine metals, including cadmium. Cadmium is a highly toxic element that has been linked to renal failure. Some lipsticks also had worrisome levels of chromium, a carcinogen.
The study shows users of the lipstick could be getting up to 1/5 of their daily dose of some metals by applying the lipstick or gloss more than twice a day.
Researchers involved in the study say that the amount of metal found in the lipsticks would not be a problem if it was the only exposure, but when you add other exposures to it, it can become a problem.
What can you do to prevent ingesting these metals? Blot your lips with a tissue or napkin to prevent absorbing or swallowing these potential health hazards after applying your lipstick.
The FDA tested 400 lipsticks in 2011 and found that lead in lipstick was not a safety concern. Lead was found in 24 of 32 lipsticks tested in this most recent study, but not at excessive levels
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