Being beautiful does not come without its risks, particularly when it comes to products that many contain ingredients that are “known or suspected of causing health problems from allergies to cancer, as well as those that may interfere with reproductive well-being and birth defects." As a result the state of California’s Safe Cosmetics Act (the Act) mandates that all companies making cosmetics report the contents of their products, which are then recorded into a special database available to the public.
The database, which now lists over 30,000 cosmetics is not just to protect consumers, but also those who work with cosmetics, including make-up artists, hair stylists, nail salon workers, barbers, skin care and body care specialists, who may be even more vulnerable to healthcare risks because they handle these products frequently.
According to Dr. Ron Chapman, California’s public health director, the products listed in the database, from sunscreen to shampoo, powder to nail polish, etc, “doesn’t mean that it causes cancer, and so forth, but that it hasn’t been tested extensively for safety.”
Readers interested in learning more about the types of products they use can do so by visiting www.safecosmeticsact.org.