Do you wear any lip products? For some, lip products are a must either for beautifying orÂ medical reasons. It can be a lip balm to soothe your cracked lips, or a pretty lip gloss/lipstick to freshen and brighten up your look. But because this particular cosmetic is applied on such aÂ delicate area, where the skin is most permeable and there’s a high tendency to ingest whatever is applied on it, do you think it shouldÂ be made 100% safe for consumption, just like food?
Whatâ€™s in your average lip product?
The ingredient list of an average lip product is very long and truth be told, those names soundsÂ like nothing edible to me at all. Some argue that a lip product is safe because it is made for theÂ lips, but there is no government body that specially monitors the production process and theÂ safety of each ingredient used. Would it be better if the lip product is a natural or organic one?Â I canâ€™t say for sure. While it is said that an organic or natural brand of lip product is safer andÂ somewhat better than a commercial branded one, there is no way of being sure unless we have aÂ chemist and/or scientist to really prove it.
Do you make a conscious act of not eating your lip product?
Some ladies are more careful about not eating their lip product by wiping it off before theirÂ meals, or even using a straw when drinking. It may be a tad bit troublesome, but I feel itâ€™s betterÂ than not making efforts to avoid eating it. It is said that an average woman eats 6 pounds ofÂ lipstick in their lifetime. This is not including those who diligently reapply their lip product theÂ moment it wears off. I donâ€™t believe we would be willing to take a bite off our lip products, soÂ what makes it all right if we eat it in little amounts?
Would consumers feel safer?
Is it only reasonable, or is it plain paranoia speaking, if I were to suggest the safety of lipÂ products be equivalent to that of the food we eat? I think it does make sense to some extent for a product that is applied on the lips and so easily consumed, be totally safe even if we wereÂ to consume large amounts of it in the long run. Such measures that involve testing for safety,Â however, will more or less increase the cost of production, and in turn increase the price of lipÂ products. As long as itâ€™s not too drastic an increase in price, I donâ€™t think it will affect salesÂ much, especially when compared to the prices some ladies are willing to fork out for high endÂ products.
What’s your say?
I hope my stance on not consuming lip products wonâ€™t come across as an extremist one, as I amÂ merely reminding ladies to be more careful when they have lip products on. There is no directÂ health risks involved in consuming lip products just yet, but these products are not made to beÂ consumed in the first place either. And while it is quite a wide assumption that lip products wonâ€™tÂ hurt you even if you eat it, why would you want to risk it?