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Get the Facts About Makeup Risks

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 12:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

“Beauty before health” is an all-too-common human impulse seen throughout history.

The ancient Egyptians used dyes laced with lead, arsenic, and other toxins to draw flowing black accents on their eyelids.

In England, Elizabethan women applied the neurological toxin mercury to their faces as a cleanser and to treat blemishes.

Upper-class women in Japan's Edo period doused themselves (and their children) with brain- and nerve-damaging, lead-based face powder.

Unfortunately, we haven't gotten a lot smarter. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) report, the United States trails 40 other countries in its review of the safety of cosmetic ingredients.

Worldwide, some 1,400 chemicals are restricted or banned from cosmetics — but not here. In the U.S., Only nine chemicals are kept out of cosmetics by the Food and Drug Administration.

Some of the ingredients allowed in cosmetics here that are regulated elsewhere include:

• Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen

• Parabens (isobutyl and isopropyl), which are hormone-disruptors

• PFOA, a carcinogen the EWG found in 200 tested products

• Toluene, linked to reproductive and neurological harm

Fortunately, CVS Health, Target, Rite Aid, and Walgreens say that they'll restrict or ban many of these chemicals from their own cosmetic brands.

California is considering a cosmetics bill to ban 20 toxins, including phthalates, carbon black, and lead.

In the meantime, read all labels. But because many of these ingredients aren't listed on labels, we also think you should take a look at the EWGs Skin Deep database of more than 1,200 products it certifies are free of known toxins.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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