Nearly two years ago, residents of the city of Flint, Michigan had lead in their water and were misled by officials who claimed the water was safe to drink. We’ve seen photos of rashes and have heard of children who developed lead poisoning after the city switched the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Even after the city required that residents use bottled water and kitchen sink filters, we are still seeing consequences of the unclean water crisis.
Parents have enough to worry about! Toxic metals shouldn’t be one of them. However, whether we like it or not, lead is all around us -- in drinking water, lipsticks, older paints, foods, soil, air and dust. Although it’s a naturally occurring heavy metal found in small amounts in the Earth’s crust, it can be toxic to your health and even more toxic to your little ones.
Consumers and advocates have raised concerns over some of the ingredients in beauty products, like phthalates, parabens and, in the case of lipsticks, lead. It’s really become an issue where you as the consumer have to be proactive instead of relying on government agencies and regulations. That’s because overall, with the exception of coal-tar hair dyes, your cosmetics don’t need FDA approval to hit the shelves.
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