I’m writing this post in the morning and while reading the paper, I ran across this article about cosmetics. What I discovered is that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and that the makers of these products provide the ingredients on a voluntary basis only.
The article by Natalie Ermann Russell in USA Weekend gave the following tips:
Look it up. The Environmental Working Group has a searchable database of 25,000 personal-care products at www.cosmeticdatabase.com. It explains why some brands are unsafe.
Go fragrance-free. Many synthetic chemicals in fragrances, like phthalates, aren’t required to be listed on labels. Some studies have linked phthalates to reproductive problems and asthma or allergies.
Be picky with lipstick. Malkan’s group [Campaign for Safe Cosmetics] found lead in 61% of lipsticks tested. See a list at Safe Cosmetics.org .
Avoid parabens. The FDA says these preservatives are safe in the amounts used in most cosmetics, but some studies say they raise breast-cancer risk.
I went to the site to look up the products I use and found that all of them have a “Moderate Risk”. I encourage you to take a peek and report back what you found in relation to the products you use.