Most consumers assume that the substances that put on their bodies, -- whether lotions, or cleansers or cosmetics are safe. Unfortunately in the United States, the personal care products industry is virtually unregulated, and many toxic chemicals can be found in the most common of makeup, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products.
Many of these compounds contain substances that have been linked to cancer, including breast cancer; others contain chemicals like phthalates and parabens, both of which are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and other health problems.
For more information about safe cosmetics, for both adults and their children, consult the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on-line guide. And for a great resource that allows you to see whether your favorite personal care products are considered safe or not, try the Environmental Working Groups cosmetics safety database.
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