The “Minor” Health Issues Arising From Beauty and Personal Care Products

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Toxic_Beauty_ProductsThe term “risky cosmetic procedure” might bring to mind the potential dangers that can arise from many of the types of cosmetic surgery that both women and men undergo to look better and feel better about themselves. For some, it might even refer to the use of botox and the problems that can arise with its use. However, few people would typically consider that this description might also include many of the beauty and personal care products that they use on a regular basis.

While it would be alarmist to imply that the risks and dangers of such products are somehow as significant as the risks of any major surgery, some products do pose health risks in their own right. Whether it is due to poor safety standards, unknown ingredients or a lack of understanding of the health effects of certain materials used in these products, the fact is that beauty and personal care products can affect our health. This makes it all the more important to be aware of the risks associated with certain products.

How Frequently Are Beauty And Personal Care Products Used?

Though we might only think that we use a few beauty and personal care products each day, in almost all cases, people use a number of such products on a daily basis. According to research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an average adult uses 9 personal care products per day. As well, 1 in 4 women use at least 15 such products each day while the average woman uses 12. This means that, whether safe or not, we are exposed to the many ingredients of these products every single day.

Which Types Of Beauty And Personal Care Products Pose Health Risks?

In simplest terms, all personal care and beauty products have the potential to cause health issues. It depends entirely on what they contain. The same EWG report already mentioned found that almost everyone is exposed daily to the more than 100 different chemicals that make up each of these different products. The next question, of course, is how many of these products are safe?

Put simply, consumers are acting as guinea pigs for exposure to quite a number of different chemicals. This is a fair statement because the US Food and Drug Association stated in 2000 that it had only reviewed 11% of the more than 10,500 ingredients used in these products. While the FDA does require that all products with untested ingredients be labeled with warnings, taking a look at the packaging for these products quickly reveals that enforcement is often sorely lacking.

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