Lasting effects of cosmetics more than skin deep
You might be shocked to learn federal laws designed to ensure that personal care products are safe for consumers have remained unchanged since 1938. To put it in perspective, that means not since Hitler took control over the German Army have personal care products been re-regulated.
The FDA does not even require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used.
However, this might change shortly. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (D-Maine), introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act on Capitol Hill.
If passed, the act would give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to test ingredients and issue mandatory recalls for products deemed unsafe.
A number of shampoos, make-up, lotions, perfumes and other cosmetics on the marketplace today contain ingredients linked to breast cancer, infertility, birth defects and other serious health problems.
The numbers are frightening: According to the Breast Cancer Fund, Every day, women use as many as 12 products containing 168 chemicals in everything from lipstick and lotion to shampoo and shaving cream.and men use an average of six products. Teens use even more.
Know the facts
To ensure that you are using safe cosmetics for yourself and your family, follow these few steps:
- Simplify: Choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals.
- DIY: Try making your own products at home. This is the perfect way to guarantee that you are know each and every ingredient you putting on and in your body.
- Research: Since there are no legal standards for personal care products labeled as “natural” or “organic”, make sure that you do your research on the products, and more importantly, the ingredients used during manufacturing.
Chemicals to avoid to ensure you are using safe cosmetics
- Ethylene Oxide
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Your skin in your largest organ, making it vitally important to protect. If a product is purchased and does not perform as stated, but instead, causes injury or harm to its users, the situation could lead to substantial frustration as a result of the injuries. At The Carlson Law Firm we have a team of skilled personal injury attorneys who are ready to assist. We have 11 conveniently located offices in the state of Texas, and can serve clients nationwide. Contact us today for a free consultation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler