We should be able to trust that the products we put on our bodies are safe. But the reality is 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, and the government doesn’t test those chemicals for safety or require any pre-market approval.
So, when we shampoo our hair, wash our hands, protect our skin from the sun, or get ready for a night on the town, we’re often unknowingly exposing ourselves to 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. Exposure, even in very small amounts, adds up over time, and doctors and public health researchers warn of serious health risks as a result.