If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much. According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market.
And if you think products labeled “hypoallergenic” or “organic,” are better than other products, think again: There are currently “no federal standards or definitions” for either label. It’s essential that we make the effort to protect ourselves. When choosing products, here are six ingredients to avoid.