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"It brings out the beauty in us women, so definitely we’ll always wear it," she said.

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People who use an average amount of lipstick, perhaps applying it twice a day and ingesting 24 milligrams of the cosmetic, could be exposed to hexavalent chromium at levels that exceed safety guidelines. Hexavalent chromium is a carcinogen linked to stomach tumors. The amount in lip products is unknown because the tests could not distinguish between it and less toxic forms of the metal.

Those who use large amounts of lipstick, maybe reapplying 14 times a day and ingesting 87 milligrams, could have excessive exposure to aluminum, cadmium and manganese. Exposure to high concentrations of manganese over time has been linked to toxicity in the nervous system, researchers noted.

Lead was detected in 24 lip products, but at levels that were generally within safety guidelines.

Most of the lipsticks and lip glosses contained high concentrations of titanium and aluminum.

Metal concentrations varied significantly among the different lip products.

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