Do you buy a tube of lipstick simply because you love the color and it’s made by your favorite cosmetics brand? If you are like me, I do. I’m so guilty of this, that I am no exception like many women, with dozens upon dozens of lipsticks.
With the latest craze in “going green” it’s no surprise to me that there are now women advocates for green cosmetics. Here’s a few tips to making the right choice:
- Fragrance-free products should be on your list. Reason being, there are a lot of chemicals in fragrances like phthalates, linked to reproductive problems.
- Stay-away from parabens. Studies have shown that parabens raise breast cancer risk. Parabens are preservatives and the FDA says that the amount used in most cosmetics is miniscule, therefore it’s safe. But why take the risk, if you can do without it?
- Pick the right lipstick. Lead has been found in 61% of lipsticks tested. Visit SafeCosmetics.org to check the list.
- There’s a searchable database of 25,000 personal care products at CosmeticDatabase.com. You may find your answers to your questions, as there are explanations listed why some brands maybe unsafe.