Cosmetic Ingredients: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

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(BlackDoctor.org) — By now you have probably heard about checking the ingredient labels on your cosmetics. Considering that your list of pending concerns is probably miles long already and the idea of death from lip gloss or lotions may sound rather far-fetched, you may be wondering if all of the hype is really necessary.

Unfortunately, it is. Chances are, if you were familiar with many of the ingredients commonly in cosmetic and beauty products, you wouldn’t dare apply them to your hair, skin, and nails.

Cosmetics: What You Don’t Know Can & Will Hurt You

The American beauty and cosmetics scene is awash with products that have no business on or near peoples’ skin. They are often plagued with ingredients such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals. Many of the ingredients in your cosmetics are government regulated when it comes to employee handling and proper disposal. Failure to adhere to these regulations could result in fines, jail time, and civil suits. Due to the serious threats they pose, many of the ingredients that you can find widely available here have been banned from cosmetics elsewhere in the world. Yet, American consumers are free to slather them on their faces and bodies are not even given a hint of the risks that they face.