Recent research has shown that most brands of lipstick contain up to 8 different heavy metals. Lead is the most prevalent toxin in lipstick, but cadmium and aluminum are also commonly present. Some researchers are starting to worry that chronic ingestion of these heavy meals can lead to an accumulation in the body that produces adverse heath effects.

Lead and cadmium are both capable of reducing the ability of your body to convert T4 thyroid hormone into its active form, called T3. This is a very common problem and can leave you with normal blood test results, yet symptoms of an under active thyroid gland, if your doctor doesn’t check your T3 level (most don’t).

There are several brands of non-toxic cosmetics available. Please be careful when choosing what products to apply to your body. These heavy metals are readily absorbed through your skin.