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Is Your Lipstick Full Of Cancer Causing Metals?


I was very upset when I found out that my MAC lipstick was full of harmful metals and chemicals. I love the way it lasts, smells, feels and looks on me; however I had to put into question whether I was willing to put at risk my health for looks. I therefore dove into “research mode” and was astonished to find that a lot of beauty products don’t even go through any testing from the government before they are allowed to be put on store shelves.

Our skin absorbs everything that it comes in contact with, be it pollution, radiation, UV rays, oils and makeup. These elements then end up in our bloodstream, thus polluting the entirety of our bodies. They also clog our pores, which are essential to let the skin breathe and rejuvenate. Pores are your body’s way of staying clean. Even though what comes out looks absolutely gross, what you see is actually your sebaceous glands which acts like glue in order to grab onto dead skin cells. This “glue” is the excreted from the body through the pores to help you maintain healthy skin. The problem we all go though occasionally is build-up. Your pores clog  because your glands will continue to produce oil with no way to release the excess. Makeup and pollution cause that extra oil are all root causes of clogged pimples and unhealthy skin.


Our bodies are living and breathing organism that should be nourished and taken care of with natural and organic products, because in the end, we are what we absorb. When you apply lipstick, you could be absorbing high quantities of lead and harmful chemicals. Next time you apply, take a quick look at the ingredients and see if your lipstick contains lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, mercury and thallium.

    Here is what you need to know about these metals:  

Lead is a soft blue-gray metal that is dense and very stable and resistant to corrosion. exposure can cause many physiological and neurological problems such as toxic stress on the kidney, hypertension, dizziness ,diminished sperm counts, fertility, lethargy, fatigue, forgetfulness, diminished reaction time and cognitive performance, decreased libido and depression.

Arsenic is a combination of oxygen, chlorine and sulfur. It is known to be a human carcinogen, that affects the skin, digestive system, liver, nervous system and the lungs. Absorbing high quantities of arsenic can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine, cramping muscles, hair loss, stomach pains.

Cadmium is a byproduct of zinc production and is one of the top toxic elements that in absorbed on a daily basis. It is a silver, white malleable metal that is soft enough to be cut by a knife. It is often used to pigments, coating, and as a stabilizer for plastics. Cadmium is absorbed in the body for a lifetime and is toxic to the kidney. It can cause bone demineralization, impair lung function thus increasing the risk of lung cancer.

Beryllium is classified as a Group 1- Carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is a lightweight metal that melts very easily, strong, and has great electrical conductivity. Often used to make thermal coatings, nuclear reactors, rocket head shields, x-ray tubes, and brakes. (However it is ok in the FDA’s eyes that we apply this on our bodies…) The metal attacks the lungs, liver, kidneys, heart, nervous system and is also linked to Beryllium Disease, which is deadly.

Mercury is a chemical often known as quicksilver because it is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, float valves, fluorescent lamps. Mercury is found in most fish on the market now, and ingesting it directly on your skin with lipstick for example can cause coughing, chest pains, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, anorexia, loss of appetite, irritability, tremors and the list goes on.

Thallium is a soft malleable gray metal found in trace amounts in the earth’s crusts. Today thallium is imported from thallium reserves. It is odorless and tasteless. Thallium was widely used in rat poisons and insecticides. Thallium poisoning results in nervous system problems, such as numbness in fingers and toes. It also causes vomiting, diarrhea, temporary hair loss, issues with the lungs, liver and kidneys.


I hope that after reading all of this you are as put off by toxic beauty products as I am. To help you here is a list of major brands to avoid, as they all contain harmful levels of these metals.

  • Maybelline

  • L’Oreal

  • Cover Girl

  • NARS

  • Stargazer

  • Revlon

  • Avon

  • Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

We urge you to take care of your body and love you skin. Remember, you are what you absorb, and natural, organic products is the way to go. There are many healthy alternatives out there including our own lip and cheek oils. Douvall’s has worked hard to perfect their recipe for a beautiful, long lasting, and healthy lip and cheek oil. As its base, the argan oil ensures moisture and the natural ingredients in complement, ensure a healthy and beautiful look. Check out our videos on our facebook and youtube pages which go into greater detail about the 6 shades we offer https://www.facebook.com/douvalls/?fref=ts

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