Prolonged Use of Lipstick Could Lead to Health Problems

Lipstick is one of the many cosmetics women in present-day times use to enhance their beauty. It has become a favorite beauty product in their handbags, with some women possessing different shades of colors such as hot pink, red, orange and black. Lipstick makeup has been popularized by the growth of the movie industry, and it has become a common practice for women to apply makeup as part of their daily routine. What is worrying though, is women who apply lipstick several times a day, over the long-term.

Here is a snapshot of you, in a few years, after lipstick application on a regular basis:

You'll have arthritis: Most people associate arthritis with old age, this is false. What you see in older adults is osteoarthritis. Unlike, osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis is mainly caused by lipstick usage for a long period. It usually three times more prevalent in women of the ages between 20 and 40 than men. The disorder causes the body's own immune system to attack its joints, leading to pain, malformations and a real loss of mobility.
What Happens to Your Body After an Every Day use of Lip Cosmetics, for a Long Time
You'll get lead poisoning: Some of the chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of lipstick are harmless, but some lip cosmetics contain high amounts of lead, which can be toxic when consumed regularly. This can happen when a woman licks her lips, drinks, eats or kisses someone while wearing lipsticks. Lead does not break down in the body but tends to accumulate over time, therefore, small amounts of lead-containing lipstick, applied several times a day, can be harmful. Pregnant and nursing mothers are the most vulnerable because the lead can be transmitted through the placenta or milk to the baby, whose nervous system is still developing. Lead poisoning has been associated with foetal death, premature delivery and low birth weight. According to 2007 study by a consumer group Campaign For Safe Cosmetics, found 60 per cent of lipsticks tested contained trace amounts of lead.

You'll have allergies: These lipstick hypersensitive reactions may lead to inflammation of the lips with signs of  redness,scaling and swelling. The swollen, peeling, burning sensations are noticed in the first few minutes while others are observable after a very long period. Therefore, it helps to read the labels carefully before buying any lip cosmetics. The important terms that you need to recognise when checking labels are:

  • Alcohol-free means the product does not contain ethyl alcohol, although other types of alcohol may be present.
  • Fragrance-free means the product does not smell however, it also fragrance may have been added to mask the smell of the chemical the product has.
  • Hypo-allergenic indicates that the cosmetic is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but prolonged use of any product always can cause skin problems over time.
  • Natural means the product is created with ingredients taken from plants or animals. Non-comodogenic cosmetics are products that are not supposed to contain anything that can clog skin pores and cause acne.
  • Expiration date means that the product should be consumed or thrown away before this date. However, this depends on the way the product is used.

Although, lipsticks add beauty to your face and attract attention, you're advised to minimise its application. Otherwise, use lipstick brands that are safe and always check the expiry date of the products. Also, parents are requested not to introduce children to lipstick.