Most people are surprised to learn that companies like Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Unilever are allowed to use nearly any chemical they want as an ingredient in the personal care products they make. Just as alarming is the fact that the government doesn’t test those chemicals for safety or require any pre-market approval.
So, when most of us shampoo our hair, wash our hands, protect our skin from the sun, or get ready for a night on the town, we’re unknowingly dousing our bodies with dozens of toxic chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer.
Personal care products are of particular concern because we put them directly on our skin. This means chemicals in these products can be absorbed or inhaled.
We should be able to trust that the products we put on our bodies are safe. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no plans to take strong action, tighten regulations or increase inspection of the chemicals used by personal care product manufacturers. But our research shows why implementing stronger regulations in the personal care product industry is increasingly urgent.