February 12, 2013

Chemicals in cosmetics?

It's bad enough that we ingest chemicals every day in our foods and drinking water (see prior post). But we are smearing them on our bodies and washing our hair with them as well.  

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) folks tell us that on the whole, there's no pre-market safety testing required for the chemicals that go into personal care products like your body wash and moisturizer.   "Washington allows the cosmetics industry to self-police their ingredients' safety through its industry-funded Cosmetics Ingredients Review panel, and, as you'd expect, they're pretty lenient on themselves. In 36 years, this industry panel has only rejected 11 ingredients as unsafe for cosmetics. Compare that to the European Union, which has banned more than a thousand chemicals in cosmetics."

EWG researchers have found  some alarming toxic chemicals, including hormone disruptors and carcinogens, in products that people use every day.

If you think you should be able to look at a label and know whether what you're putting in your hair or on your skin is toxic, visit the EWG website for more info.