Women love adorning their pouts with the perfect shade of red or pink, but a new report suggests that popular lipsticks and lipglosses may be harmful to our health. Many popular brands contain metals, such cadmium, cobalt, titanium, manganese, chromium, copper, nickel, and aluminum. In some cases, even traces of lead-- which has been linked to brain damage-- have been identified.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a working document called "A Poison Kiss" that outlines some of their specific findings. Although toxicologists at the FDA say that the metal levels in lipstick pose no real health risks, experts advise that women apply products to their lips no more than 2-3 times a day to limit their exposure. They also point out that darker colored shades may contain more metal pigments.
So don't throw away your Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Pirate (my recommendation for the nicest true red that will bring out the whiteness of your teeth). But use it in a reasonable way.