Dangers Lurk in Women’s Cosmetics and Personal Care Products!

Many of the cosmetics and personal care products on the market for women to use on a daily or regular basis contain ingredients that are anything but healthful and that could put their beauty in real jeopardy. Should you don a hazmat suit before you face your makeup each morning? Do you know what dangers are lurking in your personal care items?

Approximately 16 percent of the 82,000 ingredients used in the manufacture of health and beauty products are carcinogens, hormone disruptors, pesticides, plasticizers, and reproductive toxins. The next time you apply moisturizer or lipstick, insert a tampon, use shampoo or bath gel, apply nail polish, or take a capful of mouthwash, you could be introducing dozens of toxins to your body.

Your skin and mucous membranes are protective shields, but they are often no match for the hidden hazards in personal care products. These toxins can penetrate your porous skin and membranes, where they are free to cause havoc with your health.

Shouldn’t someone be responsible for regulating these hazardous chemicals and protecting consumers? In theory, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has this task, based on the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its accompanying amendments, and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. These regulations are supposed to protect consumers from deceptive practices and harmful products. In reality, it is very much a buyer beware market.

According to the FDA, “Each ingredient used in a cosmetic product and each finished cosmetic product shall be adequately substantiated for safety prior to marketing. Any such ingredient or product whose safety is not adequately substantiated prior to marketing is misbranded unless it contains the following conspicuous statement on the principal display panel: ‘Warning: The safety of this product has not been determined.’”

However, as the following list demonstrates, personal care products contain an arsenal of harmful ingredients. The FDA clearly has a different idea about what constitutes “safe” ingredients in cosmetics. Who are some of the villains that the FDA allows to hide in your health and beauty products?


By Deborah Mitchell| September 08, 2016
Categories:  Care

About the Author

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah is a freelance health writer who is passionate about animals and the environment. She has authored, co-authored, and written more than 50 books and thousands of articles on a wide range of topics. Currently she lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit her at deborahmitchellbooks.com.

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