Is lipstick good for health?

Lipstick is an all-time favorite cosmetic for most of the women. Infact, a makeover is considered incomplete without a swipe of the lustrous color bar on the lip. But, your fav lipstick can make you very sick.

Yes, lipstick may enhance your facial beauty manifold, but, the harmful chemicals used to prepare it can be extremely dangerous for your entire health.

This piece of article discusses about the harm brought by lipstick to women’s health.

So, if you ask “Is lipstick good for health?”

We will say, “No”.

Lead:- The main culprit

A lipstick contains lead that can cause skin irritation including chapping on the lips, dryness, flakes, allergy, itching, etc. Besides, there are chemicals that cause cancer.

What are the health hazards of lipstick?

Over using lipsticks can make your very sick

Renal failure and tumors in stomach:

Many brands use harmful metals such as chromium, cadmium, and magnesium in lipsticks. These metals are dangerous for health and lead to organ damage. Some lipsticks contain exceedingly high amount of cadmium that poses the potential risk of renal failure. People using lipstick frequently can suffer from stomach tumors. 


Lipsticks can cause cancer

Preservatives are used in all cosmetics in varied amounts. In lipsticks, parabens and formaldehyde are used. These are carcinogens. Again, these preservatives cause skin irritation, wheezing, eyes irritation, and wheezing. Moreover, lipsticks contain mineral oils that block skin pores. 


Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical commonly fond in lipsticks. Most unfortunately, the brands that claim to produce organic and chemical free cosmetics use BPA in lipsticks. It is an endocrine disruptor which is a culprit behind birth defects, fertility issues, cancer, etc. In fact, BPA also affects males who use lipsticks or are kissed by their partners wearing lipstick on lips. If BPA gets into the bloodstream of males, their reproductive organs and fertility can get damaged.

Most importantly, the female gamete is typically sensitive to the exposure of BPA. Hence, lipstick users have more chance to have breast cancer and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). 

Nervous system damage:

Lead is commonly used in lipsticks. This neurotoxin is excessively harmful for the nervous system and can lead to hormonal imbalance, brain damage, and infertility.

Increase in level of toxin ingestion:

Majority of women and people from third gender wear lipstick most of the time. They ingest lipstick accidentally while eating, drinking, kissing, lip smacking, etc. So, these people intake cadmium, manganese, aluminium, and chromium on a daily basis. These metals gather in the body over time and gradually cause toxicity. Regular lipstick users consume over 20% of the Accepted Daily Intake limits.

Restricted brain development and growth:

The petrochemicals present in lipsticks are the source behind the endocrine disruption leading to the restriction of intelligence, growth, reproduction, development, and so on. 

Influences on body:

Various preservatives are used to preserve lipsticks. Bismuth Oxychloride is one of them, and it is too bad for the body. Again, the carcinogenic property of Bismuth Oxychloride poses significant harm for the body. Plus, the propylparabens act as potent preservatives similar to formaldehyde.

Let’s discuss an interesting fact:

In 2008, FDA conducted extensive tests. They found lead traces in 400 lipstick shades. In 2010, the Consumer Education and Research Centre tested 43 types of lipstick along with three types of lip gloss in India. The organization has found lead in all of them. 

The Bureau of Indian Standards has set the limit of lead in cosmetics. It is 20 parts per million (ppm). But, astonishingly, a report released by CERC revealed that among 16 varieties of brown shaded lipsticks, atleast 13 contain lead over 10 ppm. Some of them head lead up to 25 ppm which is horrifyingly dangerous.


Most unfortunately, CERC sent the results to the lipstick manufacturers. Some didn’t respond and others disputed them. Therefore, CERC recommended that colors having lead in them should not be used in cosmetics. It is to lower the limit of permissible lead content. Alongside, CERC made it mandatory for the lipstick manufacturers to show ingredients’ list. Additionally, they suggested some amendments or changes to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules.

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Are natural lipsticks truly ‘natural’?

Lipsticks are silent killers


We are sorry to inform you that the so-called organic and natural lipsticks are ‘not natural’. The awesomely attractive shades you are using on your lips are actually killing you silently. The preservatives are harmful for you. 

Is it necessary to stop wearing lipstick?

If you do it, it’s excellent for you. But, lipstick lovers won’t do it, and everybody knows it. Hence, here are few suggestions for your well-being:

  • Get rid of long-lasting super matte lipsticks that are hard to come off. 
  • Make sure to follow a lip-care routine regularly.
  • Do not re-touch your lipstick several times. 
  • Apply a base before wearing lipstick or lip gloss. 
  • If you can, lessen your use of lipstick. For instance, do not wear lipstick in home.
  • Remove your make up including lipstick completely everyday whenever you get back home.
  • Stop licking your lips. Firstly, it is a bad habit. Secondly, it dries your lips. Most importantly, if you have lipstick or gloss on your lips, then you are ingesting all the deadly metals and chemicals. Plus, your addiction to lipstick will urge you to re-apply the cosmetic again and again.
  •  Do not apply lipstick more than two times in a day.  If you can, stick to applying lipstick one time per day.
  • Dark and matte shades are more harmful as the level of toxins are more in them. Glossy ones are less damaging. Try light shades. If you can’t do without dark hues, use glossy lip tints.


Make your own lip tint at home:

Lip balm is good for lips

Fragrance-free natural tinted lip balms are okay to use on lip. If you want to go completely natural, try rubbing pieces of freshly cut beetroot on your lips to get an irresistible red tint.

You can mix these ingredients to get a brilliant DIY lip tint.

Take aloe vera gel, red food color, and Vitamin E capsules. Blend them well in a container, and store in refrigerator. Apply whenever you want. 

Final words for you:

Use lipstick but minimally. Home made natural tints are the best for you. Never over do your lip makeup. Save yourself from the dangers of artificial cosmetics. 

Author Bio:

Shahi Peala Creations, a brainchild of writer, groomer, and martial artist of Rima D Bose, delivers content generated through extensive research and practical implementations. Creating happiness by bringing you the most exceptional pieces of informative articles is the prime purpose of Shahi Peala Creations.


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