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Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick

Lipstick Ingredients

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  • The annual revenue in the U.S. cosmetic industry is over $55 billion each year and yet the U.S. government does not require testing cosmetics before you start using them
  • The average woman will apply up to 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime and swallow 30 percent of it; 65 percent wear lipstick daily and 40 percent own more than 20 different lipstick tubes
  • Your cosmetic ingredients may include a unique blend of chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, sperm whale excrement, snail slime and ground fish scales

By Dr. Mercola

The annual revenue in the cosmetic industry is over $55 billion, yet the U.S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they hit store shelves. This means that the lipsticks, moisturizers and lip balms you use may contain more than you bargained for.


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