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Published on Jul 22, 2010 by Edgar Snyder

Are Your Cosmetics Dangerous?

Chemicals in cosmetics

The cosmetics industry is operating recklessly, putting dangerous chemicals in products most of us use everyday, say safety advocates. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, it's estimated that the average woman is exposed to about 168 chemicals a day through her cosmetics.

Cosmetics companies insist that the trace amounts of chemicals found in their products have no effect on human health. Many scientists, though, have found that these small amounts build over time. They also say that cosmetics companies don't warn about all chemicals in their products. For example, phthalates are found in most soft plastics, like shampoo bottles, and are released into products over time. However, if a company doesn't add phthalates to their product, it doesn't have to warn consumers about the possibility of the heath risks that come with exposure.

Consumers are stepping up their game even if manufacturers aren't. Websites like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics offer product safety ratings on a scale of 1 to 10 and continually lobby companies and the government to take a stand. While some hope the Food and Drug Administration will step in, states like California have begun regulating industry standards on their own.

For more information, check out this Post-Gazette article.

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