Patt Morrison for December 8, 2011

Is your lotion, sunscreen or make-up making you sick? Toxic chemicals in beauty and health products aren’t regulated

Luxury Goods Market Booms In China

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A Chinese Lancome Cosmetic Saleswoman waits for customers in the Friendship Shopping Mall which aims to attract the luxury customers in Guangzhou China November 25 2005.

In the United States, cosmetic ingredients are not under the FDA’s jurisdiction.

The Center for Disease Control lists the skin as the “most common path of toxic substance exposure,” and yet millions of women (and men) fail to do their due diligence when it comes to their beauty routines. According the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that maintains a list of cosmetic ingredients and their potential effects, your make-up can be responsible for endocrine disruption and developmental problems, and that’s only the beginning of the story—Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Solution was found to contain formaldehyde and methylene glycol, both of which are carcinogens. In November, the People of the State of California filed papers to enjoin sales of the Smoothing Solution.

WEIGH IN:

Would you like to see cosmetics regulated by the FDA? Are you aware of how many dangerous chemicals are in your beauty products?

Guests:

Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics; author, "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry"

Rebecca Sutton, senior scientist, Environmental Working Group


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