7 Beauty Ingredients That Are Illegal…Just Not in the US
If you think European beauty products are better, you might be right -- or at least the ingredients in cosmetics might be better for you. Read on to find out why
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are more than 1,100 ingredients used in beauty products in the U.S. that are banned in other countries like Japan, Canada, and members of the European Union. In fact, the FDA only prohibits the use of 10 ingredients in cosmetics, and they include scary substances like mercury and chlorofluorocarbon.
Skip ahead to learn more about seven scary ingredients in cosmetics.
But that doesn't mean the other 1,090 ingredients are toxic, as well. "Overall, one big reason why the US may allow certain ingredients for use in beauty products and others countries don't could be because those countries may not have enough information on the ingredients to deem them allowable for use," says cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com Ron Robinson. "This does not mean that the ingredient is necessarily dangerous. It just means that the ingredient needs safety documentation clearance before it's allowed for use."
So maybe other countries are being overly cautious, but the FDA is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Studies show that there are ingredients in cosmetics that could be toxic, yet formulators continue to use them just because it's easier -- and there aren't any regulations to stop them.
The following seven ingredients -- which you'll probably find in many of your favorite products -- raise red flags. Some of the ingredients still have many supporters in the dermatology world, while some are almost universally opposed. The good news is there are alternatives to all of them. So if you don't want lead in your lipstick, read on to learn more.
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