How much lipstick/lipgloss do you eat a day?
Lip makeup is often ingested over the course of the day, so the impact of any toxin is heightened above and beyond skin absorption levels. According to research on heavy metals and lipsticks in 2103, Berkeley scientists estimated that women who apply lip makeup twice a day ingest around 24mg of product, while those who apply more frequently ingest around 87mg per day. This research discovered that some popular department store lipstick products contained high levels of heavy metals that far exceeded daily intake levels (e.g. chromium levels exceeded recommended intake by 100%!). Not to mention all the other nasty toxic ingredients added to lipstick and lipglosses that are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and allergens, such as parabens, coal tar, mineral oil and synthetic colourants.
Just because a makeup line advertises itself as ‘natural’ or as ‘mineral’ doesn’t mean it’s 100% natural or safe either. It may only contain 1% of ingredients derived from minerals, and 99% artificially derived ingredients. Legally, it can still be marketed as mineral makeup. To avoid getting duped, you need to learn to read the labels – or make it yourself! By making it yourself, you can also save money by making it at a fraction of the price.
If you’d like to learn how to make good, nourishing, natural lipstick and lipgloss (that you don’t have to fret about consuming!!), come along to our DIY Toxin-Free Makeup – Love Ya Lips! Workshop on Friday 9 June, 7pm @ Happy Biome Studio. You’ll learn how to make lipstick, lipgloss and a lip scrub, and take home your own unique shades. You’ll also learn how to navigate your way through the cess-pool of toxins in makeup products, and the easy science of using natural ingredients to make your own products.
Sign up before Saturday (3 June) to get the early-bird $40 discount. After Saturday, the workshop price is $45. Looking forward to seeing you there for some colourful fun!