Monday, 17 May 2010

What's in a Lipstick

Recently, I figured out that if I applied lipstick that my
face would grow to two times its regular size. If I wiped
off the lipstick, I could get my head back almost into its
regular shape.

I didn't have a lot of time to figure out what was in
lipstick but I put it down to fragrance and some of the
others on the ingredient list.

One day I was so tired of not wearing lipstick that I went
to a drugstore to find out. I took my small daughter.
Within a couple of minutes of being in the make-up aisle, my
daughter started to have her head grow to twice its regular
size and she didn't even have lipstick on.

I went over to the counter and asked the girl, what was in
lipstick and make-up to make both myself and my daughter
have allergic reactions? I was still at that point
considering that maybe a certain brand wouldn't have
whatever the ingredient was in it.

She smiled at me, started to show me the book of ingredients
that nobody can truly read without a dictionary and then she
looked from me to my daughter and finally said, "The shimmer
in lipstick is from ground up fish and shellfish. It doesn't
come out and say that on the lipstick ingredients."

I nearly fainted. I couldn't believe that something that
people have as an anaphalaxis type allergy is not marked on
all of the make-up.

Still, I persevered. "What kind doesn't have it in it?" I
asked, assuming that one of the thirty brands would give me
a break.

"None of them," she assured me. "It's not marked down
anyway. There's a big word for it."

"What about lip gloss?" I asked.

"No," she said. "Whale blubber. Sorry. Allergy medicine
is in aisle five."

So, off we went to go get some medicine and some fresh air.
This news sent me realing. Why isn't this in the media? Why
doesn't anyone know about what is in lipstick and lots of
other kinds of make-up?

I realized too that potentially all kinds of men and women
do not know about the risks involved in simply freshening up
their lips. I mention men because of the kissability factor.

I went onto talk to friends and relatives. Did you know...?
Nobody did. I only recently met someone who had an inkling
of what I was talking about. Her dad worked in a lipstick
factory all of his working career.

Unless a make-up line specifically says that it does not
have animal byproducts in it, then the shimmer is most
likely caused by ground up fish and seafood. Not that
they're apparently aiming to include the seafood but much
like the tuna caught in a big net with other creatures of
the sea, same problem.

For those of you who have allergies, seek out cosmetic
companies such as Mary Kaye who do have that guarantee.
There are several other lines that will promise this no
animal byproducts such as Body Shop.

Remember that while you may not have this allergy yourself,
your child could have this allergy, your husband, boyfriend
or your co-workers.


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