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The Ugly Side of Beauty: Help Make Cosmetics Safer

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At Good Housekeeping, a constant stream of beauty products cross our desks. Just think about how many you own — and use — every single day. But have you ever thought about who controls what is (and isn’t) in them? The answer: almost no one. The proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act could change that.


From blush and bronzers to body washes and shampoo, what chemicals are you putting on your skin? Medicines are safety-tested and closely monitored, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t look at what’s in your beauty products before they hit shelves. On the other hand, many countries regulate potentially unsafe ingredients in cosmetics — more than 800 are banned or restricted in Canada, and over 1,500 in Europe. But in the U.S., many of the same ones are still in use —  only 11 are prohibited, based on a law passed in 1938! It’s time to upgrade a rule put into place nearly 80 years ago.


Two U.S. Senators, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), aim to update regulations with their proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act. The bipartisan bill would require the FDA to evaluate five ingredients per year to be sure they’re safe and properly used. Under the bill’s terms, the FDA would also be able to monitor adverse reactions (companies would be required to report them) and issue recalls for products that may cause serious harm.


Join GH and industry leaders like Procter & Gamble, Unilever and L’Oréal to help get the Personal Care Products Safety Act in front of the Senate. This marks the first time federal legislation on the issue has earned the support of both consumer and industry groups — including GH!

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