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How healthy is actually lipstick?

On average, every woman swallows several kilograms of lipstick in her lifetime. But how does that happen and, above all, how unhealthy is it? Tikbow asked an expert.

When talking, eating and applying lipstick, the beloved lipstick sometimes ends up on the tongue and teeth, gets into the mouth – and from there into the stomach. In the course of a woman’s life, this is said to amount to an average of 3.5 kilograms of the cosmetic product, or around 875 lipsticks. But what does that do to us? Is the unintentional swallowing of lipstick unhealthy or harmless? Franziska Schlegel, cosmetician and owner of Studios Fühlbar Schön in Berlin, has the answers.

Lipstick can be unhealthy due to problematic ingredients

"To make a lipstick long-lasting, preservatives are needed. Many manufacturers rely on parabens”, explains Franziska Schlegel. Parabens ensure that the lipstick lasts for a while and also protect against bacteria and fungi. The disadvantages according to the beautician: "Parabens are said to have hormonal effects, can cause allergies and in the worst case can be carcinogenic.”

In addition to parabens, kerosenes are also considered harmful to health. Schlegel: "Paraffins are – simply put – earthöl and are just as often used in lipsticks as parabens. Kerosenes close the pores because they form a non-aqueous film on the skin. The lips are thus dehydrated and dry out.” And that is not the biggest problem: "If kerosenes are ingested, they can be deposited in the liver and lymph nodes.” The beautician advises to look at the ingredients when buying a new lipstick: "Make sure your lipstick is free of minerals.”

Which lipstick can you use without hesitation?

Can’t do without lipstick? Then go for certified natural cosmetics. They avoid environmentally harmful substances such as kerosenes, parabens, microplastics and silicones. In addition, they are often vegan, in most cases do not involve animal testing and come in more environmentally friendly packaging than conventional lipsticks. If you are not sure what your favorite lip product contains, you can also use apps such as Toxfox or CodeCheck. They show whether the products contained are safe.