If you think cosmetics are just the makeup we put on our faces to feel pretty, think again. Products included in the FDA’s definition of a cosmetic are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, shampoos and other hair products, permanent waves or straighteners, hair colors, deodorants and toothpaste.
Feeling good about the fact that the FDA is involved in the cosmetic industry and is looking out for our interests as a consumer? Do you have the confidence that if a product was unsafe it would not have been approved for distribution? Unfortunately this is not the case. There is currently no regulation or review of cosmetics in the US. The FDA is unable to recall harmful products do to their lack of authority over cosmetics.
For more information on the FDA's labeling requirement check here.
There are many apparent and hidden toxic chemicals in the cosmetics we use every day. Not just the ones we use as adults, but even the ones used for babies and children have been known to have the presence of harmful chemicals. Not only do some of these chemicals cause cancer, they also have been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity.
Due to the lack of governmental regulation over cosmetics there is no requirement that chemicals be listed as ingredients. Companies can choose what ingredients they want to inform the consumer about. It’s up to us to start protecting what we are putting on our bodies.