5 Health Risks Of Using Lipsticks And DIY Natural Lipstick Recipes

Your lipsticks might contain some heavy metals like lead and cadmium along with some preservatives, read to know how it can affect your health.

Charu Sharma
Written by: Charu SharmaUpdated at: Jul 05, 2021 17:11 IST
5 Health Risks Of Using Lipsticks And DIY Natural Lipstick Recipes

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Are you someone who is in love with those perfectly painted lips and red lips and winged liner is your go to make-up style? If your answer to this question is a yes then you need to beware and this article is for you. Red, pink or nudes, lipsticks have been an integral part of our makeup routines then let it be that over the top look or the no make-up look, lipsticks  have always been there. In Fact for most of us lipstick was the first thing we used in the name of makeup (or a gloss maybe). However attractive these lipsticks might look but like other make up products they too come with certain risks and can actually be more dangerous as they can be ingested easily. Without wasting any extra time let us take a deep dive into 5 health risks of using lipsticks.


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Health Risks Of Using Lipsticks

Have you ever wondered that your favourite rich, pigmented smooth lipstick can be dangerous for your health? These lipsticks can contain lead, aluminium, cadmium, cobalt, manganese, chromium, nickel, copper and preservatives which can lead to various chronic diseases like breast cancer, kidney failure, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Let us go further and understand how lipsticks can affect your health.

1. Can Lead to Heart Diseases

Heart Diseases

If you are active on social media platforms like instagram you would surely have heard this one one “What if your makeup contains lead poison, at least your complexion will get all the boys in.” which talks about the presence of poisonous lead in your makeup. This lead is present in your lipsticks and when ingested can lead to some symptoms like anemia and weakness whereas the high levels of lead in the body can cause diseases like coronary heart disease, brain damage, hypertension, variability in heart rate and other cardiovascular diseases.

Consumption of lead can lead to neurotoxicity which may result in behavioural problems and a  hindrance in learning languages

2. Can Cause Kidney Failure

Another poisonous substance present in your lipstick is cadmium which can cause some short term illness such as diarrhea, stomach ache and vomiting whereas a long term exposure to this chemical substance can cause fatal diseases like severe kidney diseases, lung damage and fragile bones. At a later stage all these diseases can even become the cause behind a person's death.

3. Can be Harmful in Pregnancy


Pregnant women are always advised not to use lipstick either at all or less frequently as these lipstick consists of lead and other harmful substances and hence when ingested by a pregnant women can be accumulated in the body and are when passed on to the unborn child can cause many complications like harming your child’s brain, kidney and nervous system development. This happens as at this stage the child has less tolerance towards these substances and may cause harm to your child’s brain development, nervous system and kidney.In addition to that if used for a prolonged period of time it can also result in misscarrage and early labour. 

4. Can Lead to Breast Cancer

Sometimes some lipsticks might contain high amounts of preservatives. The presence of preservatives like paraphens in lipsticks can lead to some minor illnesses like allergies, sneezing, coughing and irritation whereas a prolonged use of lipstick can lead to excess consumption of paraphens and can even cause serious diseases like breast cancer. 

Other than this it also consists of aluminium which produces excess estrogen in the body which is responsible for the growth and division of breast cells in the body. As it leads to excessive growth in these cells which might lead to cancer.

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5. Might Affect Brain Development

Using lipsticks on a regular basis and ingesting them along with your drinks and food can be harmful for your nervous system and become a hindrance in brain growth. Presence of petrochemicals which are a by-product of natural gases and crude oils in lipsticks works as a hindrance in brain development and in overall growth as well. 

DIY Lipstick Recipe

Well we know that no matter how harmful these lipsticks are, you would not be able to stop yourself from getting those beautiful red lips so we have got you an all natural beetroot lipstick recipe that you can follow to prepare your very own lipstick. Want to know the best part? It is totally safe and can be made at the comfort of your own house. Read on and stat the process now!

All Natural Beetroot Lipstick

DIY Lip Balm


  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops of your favourite essential oil
  • 1/8th teaspoon of beetroot powder
  • Lipstick tube/ tin


  • Take a medium sized pot and fill it halfway with some water and place a mixing bowl on top of it to prepare your double boiler.
  • Now add in your beeswax, shea butter and almond oil into it and heat until your wax gets melted.
  • Sirt it well and add beetroot powder to the bowl and combine everything together.
  • Remove the mix from the stove and add essential oil to it. 
  • Give it a nice stir and pour the mixture into your lipstick tube. 
  • Allow your lipstick to cool for a while and it’s ready to use

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Your everyday makeup can be the reason behind many health problems and can go to such an extent that it can even become a cause of your death! Sounds scary right? Try on this natural lipstick to keep all these health risks at a bay and enjoy those beautifully colored lips. Although all the ingredients used for making this DIY lipstick are natural, before using this lipstick make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used.

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