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women's cosmeticsAccording to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a woman may use an average of 12 products daily containing 168 different chemicals.  Men use fewer products with 85 different chemicals and teens can use as many as 17 products daily.  Tests on teens have found as many as 16 hormone-altering chemicals in blood and urine (parabens and phthalates).

There is a bill before the California legislature calling for more regulation of personal care products by the FDA in a bill called the “Personal Care Products Safety Act”. This Act will require the FDA to review the following chemicals that appear in personal care products to evaluate their safety: diazolidinyl urea, lead acetate, methylene glycol/formaldehyde, propyl paraben and quaternium-15.

California legislatures are working closely with the EWG, a non-profit consumer health advocacy group.  EWG has a database, Skin Deep, that has information on whether chemical are associated with health risks (http://www.ewg.org/).

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Lupkin, S. (2015). ABC News, Women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day, consumer group says”. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/women-put-average-168-chemicals-bodies-day-consumer/story?id=30615324