Glo Investigates: Dirty Looks
The bottom line on the beauty and fashion health hazards making news
Reports of lead-containing lipstick and indigestion-inducing undergarments may have you wondering if the latest beauty and style trends can make you the worst kind of fashion victim. From costume baubles to Brazilian blowouts, Glo takes a look at the risks and lets you know what's actually harmful and what's mostly hype.
Bold lips are a big trend for spring, but if you saw the FDA's recent research (which found that 397 of 400 tested lipsticks contained lead), then you may have been scared into leaving yours bare. However, the FDA's report also said that there's no cause for fear, especially considering how little lipstick is actually ingested by wearers. Still, others are skeptical. "There are no safe lead levels for children—who often play with their mother's lipstick—and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable, as they pass lead exposure on to their babies," says Sean Palfrey, M.D., a clinical professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University School of Medicine. A few of our favorite zero-lead lip picks? Clinique Long Last Lipstick Merlot and Mac Matte Lipstick Viva Glam.