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The Chemicals in Your Cosmetics

  • Posted by Peter Glatzer on February 23, 2011 in Fashion
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate is an effective degreaser used to clean oil stains from the floor of my mechanic's repair shop; what's it doing in my toothpaste and my daughter's bubble bath? And, why is the long-known carcinogen nitrosamine, banned in Canada and the European Union, still a common ingredient in my mascara, concealer, sunless tanning lotion and baby shampoo? 

    The simple answer is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still doesn't bother to regulate anything it dismisses as cosmetics -- any products used topically -- despite the growing science showing how easily poisons and pollutants can be absorbed through the skin. Since the 1930s, the only thing the FDA regulates is the accuracy of the labeling on cosmetics.

    Read the whole article at Huffington Post.

    By Estelle Hayes (via Huffington Post)

    Photo: Ka/flickr on a Creative Commons license


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