The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 is a bill that was introduced in Congress to regulate cosmetics that may contain hazardous chemicals.
This Act gives the FDA authority to make sure cosmetics and other products are free of toxic ingredients.
Some provisions of this bill will:
1. Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects, and developmental harm.
2. Create a health-based safety standard for children, elderly, workers, and other vulnerable populations.
3. Require full ingredient disclosure on product labels and websites.
4. Educate workers about unsafe chemicals in cosmetics and hair and body care products.
5. Develop alternatives to animal testing.
Start paying attention to the products you buy. Educate yourself and learn more about the things that you are putting into your body.
Watch out for ingredients like synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium laurel, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, and PABA.
Avoid liquid hand soaps with triclosan, nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, skin lighteners with hydroquinone, and anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids. Watch out for hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and all dark permanent hair dyes.
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