Topic: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

This Is Why Even Doritos Could Be Healthier Than Your Lipstick

This Is Why Even Doritos Could Be Healthier Than Your Lipstick

One would assume that the FDA regulates the ingredients used in cosmetics, shampoos, perfumes and other personal care products, just like it monitors food and medicine. But the cosmetics industry is largely “self-regulated,” operating under legislation that hasn’t been updated since the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938, and cedes most decisions about ingredient safety to the companies making personal care products.

How’s this working out for us? Considering we’ve got formaldehyde in hair treatments, cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, and lead in lipstick, I’d say not so well. More »