Healthy Lips
Lips are a visible body part at the mouth of humans and many animals.
1. Expert Tips
When navigating the cosmetics aisle, its hard enough finding the perfect shade of pink for your pretty pout. It gets harder still when you want to find a safe, nontoxic version that wont expose you to any potential health risks. While we encourage nontoxic versions of all cosmetics, its especially important to look for safe lipstick because the lips are a very sensitive part of the body, said Stacy Malkan, co founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and author of Not Just a Pretty Face The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. The skin is highly absorptive, and we can ingest any chemicals that we put on our lips.
2. Coastal Classic Creations Canyon Lipstick
This warm, reddish brown lip hue contains USDA certified organic ingredients and has the lowest hazard rating possible in the Skin Deep Database. $22 and only
3. W3LL People Nudist Lipshine Stick
From a pretty pale pink to a pop of fuchsia, W3LL Peoples lipshine sticks offer a dose of color sans harmful chemicals. The products have extremely low toxicity. $23 at .
4. Leadfree Lipstick
It isnt a pretty story. An ingredient so toxic it isnt allowed in paint or gasoline may be lurking in your lipstick. Lead. You know that stuff that had everyone freaked last Christmas because it was in those toys from China That stuff. So, heres The Daily Green to the rescue. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics widely hailed study, they found 11 popular lipsticks with no detectable levels of lead. And heres the list! So why take the chance These lipsticks are currently on the market, and theres one at every price point. Keep your kisser and those you kiss safer with low toxin lipsticks.
5. Know thy balms
Look for hydrating ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E and almond, jojoba or coconut oils. Good old petroleum jelly (think Vaseline) works well too. If you have sensitive skin, use camphor based medicated lip balms sparingly. (They can be irritating.) Instead, opt for the camphor free A?sop Rosehip Seed Lip Treatment with shea butter ($15; 888 223 2750). But if you have hearty skin, try ChapStick Medicated lip balm ($1.69; at drugstores) with camphor and menthol.

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