- Women apply an average of 168 chemicals to their bodies every day between all of their cosmetics.
- Cosmetics have little government oversight, so it’s largely up to consumers to look out for themselves.
- Product labels can be difficult to decipher, but here are several ingredients you may want to avoid.
The average woman uses 12 different cosmetics every day, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). There’s mascara, lipstick, fragrances, conditioner, body wash, and so on. Between the 12 cosmetics, the average woman applies 168 chemicals to their body every day.
And according to the source, the average man uses six cosmetics daily, containing 85 chemicals. Research suggests that exposure to some cosmetic ingredients can be harmful. But making heads and tails of each product’s long list of chemicals can be tricky.
That’s why we’ve rounded up ingredients you may want to avoid to reduce your chemical exposure. Keep reading to learn more about potentially toxic chemicals in cosmetics.
Are Cosmetics Tested for Safety?
While you might assume the cosmetics you see in stores are adequately tested, that isn’t necessarily the case. Unfortunately, there is little government oversight. According to PBS NewsHour, the safety regulations for cosmetics in the United States haven’t been updated since 1938.
Cosmetics aren’t subject to an FDA safety review. In fact, “Manufacturers are not required to register products or list their ingredients with the FDA before putting them on the market,” according to the source. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on cosmetic labels to look for toxic ingredients.