Glitter and lipstick and…asbestos?
Cosmopolitan broke the horrifying news yesterday that JoJo Siwa, the 16-year-old dancing and singing tween sensation, has been selling contaminated makeup kits at popular jewelry store Claire’s. Since the U.S. FDA issued a statement that the kits tested positive for asbestos last week, the product has been recalled from the store’s shelves and people have been warned to stop using it immediately. Yikes!
Today, the FDA is releasing new results from its continued testing of cosmetic products for asbestos & is warning consumers to not use 2 additional products that have tested positive for asbestos & have been recalled https://t.co/p4AACHd9y8 pic.twitter.com/DYtSelENEj— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) June 6, 2019
If you’ve never heard of it, asbestos is a natural mineral woven into fabrics and insulating materials to make them heat-resistant. However, if the toxic dust is inhaled, it can cause permanent scarring to one’s lungs, resulting in the potential loss of lung function or even cancer.
This isn’t the first time Claire’s has overlooked the presence of asbestos in their makeup. In 2017, several of their products tested positive for the mineral, although the jeweler denied the test results. Apparently, asbestos can easily contaminate the mineral talc, a soft filler commonly used in powdery makeup products. The government does not regulate talc as it does asbestos, allowing companies to get away with selling lethal products for years.
But hey, at least your eyeshadow is fireproof.
Hopefully the people who have used her kit are safe, and if you or a tween you know owns one, throw it out or research proper disposal methods.
So what do you think? Was this an accident, or are JoJo’s makeup manufacturers trying to sell looks that can kill? Share your opinion in the comments!