Did you know that more than half of the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada contain toxic chemicals linked to serious health effects? According to a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, the list of offenders includes
and other types of eye makeup.
Regulations in the United States are rather lax when it comes to product toxicity in the beauty industry. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market,” and only 11 ingredients are considered toxic and banned by law—compared to over 1,300 banned ingredients in Europe.
What you put on your skin matters, but researching and understanding what’s in your beauty products can be a challenge. That’s why there are a couple of science-based certification and rating systems to help you identify toxic ingredients in skin care, cosmetics, and other personal care products: the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database and the Think Dirty app.