'The high price of beauty'


Thanks to Dennis Aquino for the photo.
  • Thanks to Dennis Aquino for the photo.

Ladies, do you have any idea what's in your makeup? After this article from WPRI.com, you might want to check the ingredient list. Here's a snip:

Are girls increasing their risk of breast cancer by wearing blush, or their chances of reproductive abnormalities by applying lip gloss? It sounds crazy, but critics of the cosmetic industry say the concern is in the ingredients.

And it's not just environmental health groups sounding the alarm. Right now, new legislation is being introduced to close what legislators call "major loopholes" in a federal law. The bill's sponsors say the current law leaves Americans unknowingly exposed to potentially harmful mystery ingredients. That's why Eyewitness News is taking a hard look at the debate over whether cosmetics are truly hazardous to your health, especially for teenage girls.

Representative Ed Markey from Massachusetts is introducing "The Safe Cosmetics Act." He says, "From lipstick to lotion, our medicine cabinets are filled with personal care products that may contain potentially dangerous chemicals."

But whether they actually cause cancer or other serious health effects has sparked a huge debate across the cosmetic counter, especially now that more and more girls are using them.

Mia Davis from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says, "We're not saying that using a lipstick or blush is going to give you cancer, certainly not. But what we are saying is that there are chemicals linked to cancer in these products and on average, teenage girls in this country are using about 17 products a day."

The FDA says except for color additives and those ingredients which are prohibited from being used in cosmetics, "A manufacturer may use any ingredient in the formulation of a cosmetic provided that the ingredient is safe."

Read the entire article, by Susan Hogan, here.

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