Here is the latest newsletter from EWG. Just another reason why it is so important to know what is in what you put on your skin. If you can wear a patch for birth control, hormones, nicotine addiction, heart medications what ever you put on your skin enters your blood stream. I only use nutritionally healthy organic oils, organic additives that are good for your body like beeswax, raw local unfiltered honey, reverse osmosis water, organic oatmeal, cocoa butter, almond oil and essential oils to name a few.
Myth: If the store sells it, it must be safe.
Fact: The government has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach the store shelf.
This is not news to you, because you rely on Skin Deep to guide you to safer choices that help protect your family from chemicals that could be harmful.
But do you ever stop and think; shouldn't the government be looking out for us?
Click here to sign EWG Action Fund's Safe Cosmetics petition. It's time for Congress to take action and make sure that personal care products are safe for our families.
Right now, the industry can use almost any ingredient in its products without testing it for safety. And at a time when some people are applying more than 100 different ingredients every single day, it's important to make sure they're safe before they reach the market -- and our skin.
The industry's self-policing panel, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, hasn't bothered to evaluate more than half of the thousands of ingredients that companies put in their products. And the government stays out of it.
But EWG doesn't. We're looking into these chemicals -- and you won't like what we've found. Our research suggests that 22 percent of all personal care products, including those made for children's use, may contain the cancer-causing contaminant, 1,4-Dioxane. Vitamin A added to sunscreens speeds the growth of skin tumors. Cancer-causing formaldehyde shows up in hair straighteners. Labels vaguely cite "fragrance," a catchall term for undisclosed blends of ingredients. Studies have even found lead in some lipsticks.
Congress needs to take action today. Tell our lawmakers not to leave you, your family and all consumers unprotected.