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Lipstick may lower your child's intelligence

Lipstick may lower your child's intelligence

Lipstick may lower your child's intelligence

Chemicals found in beauty products such as lipstick, nail polish and hairspray cause damage in the womb that can significantly reduce a child's intelligence, research has suggested.

Exposure to the highest levels of two of the phthalate chemicals led to a lowering of IQ scores at age seven by more than six points, scientists found.

The link remained after taking account of known factors that can influence child IQ, such as the mother's intelligence and education, and the quality of the home environment.

Researchers in the US investigated four phthalates and demonstrated an association with two, known as DnBP and DiBP.

Professor Robin Whyatt, from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York, who took part in the study, said: "The magnitude of these IQ differences is troubling.

"A six or seven-point decline in IQ may have substantial consequences for academic achievement and occupational potential."

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