Can your make-up harm your IQ? How 55per cent of lipstick contains traces of lead – and it could affect mental health

A study involving 22 brands of lipstick found that 55per cent contained trace amounts of lead.

Underwriters Laboratories revealed that 12 of the lip products sampled tested positive for the toxic substance with the highest levels at 3.22 parts per million.

Commenting on the findings Dr Sean Palfrey, medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, warned that even low-level lead exposure poses a serious health risk and could affect mental health.

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