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Makeup Safety in America took a giant leap on 25 July 2012.

A vote was passed in the American Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that approves the way for the Toxic Substances Control Act to be reformed after 36 years.

Makeup Safety in America

The passing of this Safe Chemicals Act is a clear signal that American Congress is finally listening to the public concerning this issue.

The result of this first step will empower the Environmental Protection Agency with adequate tools to keep dangerous chemicals out of American cosmetic products.

The aim of the Safe Chemicals Act is to update the way America looks at and regulates chemicals as Civil Organisations have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of toxic chemicals in consumer cosmetics and products.

This new act will update the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not kept up with changes and progress in the chemical industry. Makeup safety in America will benefit enormously from a thorough review and update of this Act.

Americans are being left vulnerable by an outdated law that has done very little to protect them and the environment from chemicals.

What is all the fuss about?

How many people even realise that makeup safety in America barley exists.

The American FDA does a great job of regulating :

  • pharmaceutical drugs
  • food and water
  • vaccines
  • radiation emitting devices and electronic
  • but does not regulate cosmetic chemicals

You may be saying to yourself, "But so what. I use cosmetics every day and I am fine."

Yes, that is what you think. Unfortunately cosmetic injury is not something that happens overnight.

What happens is that you get sicker earlier than others who do not use these toxic chemicals.

These are some common toxins in your body from cosmetics

Toxins in Your Body from Some Cosmetics

While progress on the Federal level to remove toxic chemicals from our environment should always be applauded, they also need to be clearly understood. You and I would think that progress, like this one, relates to a total ban or severe restrictions.

Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Here is an example. Progress on a federal level can actually mean a dilution of federal laws i.e., by relaxing the laws, you make chemicals less toxic.

Let's say that a new chemical A needs an assessment to be used on food crops. The present law says that you need to do environmental tests + acute toxicity tests to determine its safety level.

At the same time, through civil concern and awareness, federal lawmakers need to respond and improve toxic chemical policy and legislation. Progress needs to be seen by the public but at the same time, lawmakers cannot slowdown the chemical industry as they are a formidable revenue generator, taxpayer and employer.

Chemical A will also have a positive effect in the agricultural industry because it will improve the yield of a crop. As a lawmaker, you know that by using the existing assessment law to determine Chemical A's safety level, it does not address public concerns, if anything, it will only highlight its toxic capability and show lack of progress on the federal level to reduce them.

But the benefits of Chemical A are very encouraging. Possibilities are new business, new exports, new licencing, new patents, better crop production, more employment ... to name just a few. By changing the definition of the law from a toxic assessment to a cost/benefit assessment, for example, you now dilute the law, claim progress on old laws, and keep the chemical and agricultural industries happy.

The result - chemical A's safety level is now determined by its benefit over its cost:

  • If you get sick, your local hospital will be able to take better care of you because they now have higher budgets due to higher revenue / taxes from Chemical A
  • If there is environmental contamination, decontamination agencies will be better equipped  to do clean-ups
  • More investment in technology will reduce the cost of Chemical A's risk

The reason for this way of thinking: to fulfil capitalisms infinite appetite using finite resources, progress can only be achieved by compromise and dilution while relying on technology to mitigate increased risk.

Is this an example of real progress on important issues like makeup safety in America?

Do you know

  • 89% of American cosmetics have not been tested for public safety
  • women with breast cancer who shaved their armpits and applied under arm deodorant were diagnosed 19 years earlier than those that did neither
Diseases Caused by Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients
  • between 1945 and 2000, antiperspirant and deodorant sales have increased by 14,000% - that is great news if you are in the cosmetic business
  • unfortunately, breast cancer has tripled during the same time - bad news for you if you contributed to that 14,000% growth
  • babies are born with over 200 toxins in their umbilical cord
  • there are 2 common toxic chemicals in baby shampoo, 1,4 Dioxane and Quarternium-15 - the first one is an immune system disruptor and the second, is an allergen
  • in California, Autism diagnosis has increased 600% in the last 20 years and experts believe that the increase is related to environmental chemical exposure to foetuses
Estee Lauder Claims to Fight Cancer
Estee Lauder Products Contain Ingredients Linked to Cancer

Estee Lauder sells products with advertising that claims to fight cancer. Yet their products contain ingredients that are linked to cancer.

Toxins in Baby Shampoo


Would you willingly wash your baby's hair with a shampoo that contains cosmetic toxins?

The bottom line is that makeup safety in America is outdated and people are getting sick. 

A real progressive federal milestone could be a big step toward updating the act and getting this self regulated chemical industry:

  • under control
  • responsible for its actions (like the tobacco industry)
  • and, in touch with human ethics (and less on profit)

It is a ticking time bomb

If you are not affected or do not know somebody that is affected by a disease that has appeared for no obvious reason, it is just a matter of time before you will.

Take this opportunity to get chemical toxins out of your bodies and out of your environment.

Make chemical companies responsible for their toxins or they must close down. If you don't, you improve your chances of dying earlier due to toxic chemical poisoning.

If you believe that you are not in danger or you will never be affected, then do some research and find out for yourself.

Several years ago, European Governments banned over 1200 cosmetic chemical ingredients because they believe they are bad for their people.

European Public 1 - 0 Cosmetic Chemical Toxins

That is a great score and America can do the same.

Europe follows the precautionary principle.

If it is suspected, it is banned

European Cosmetic Precautionary Principle

It is up to the chemical manufacturer to prove that it is not dangerous.

How does makeup safety in America affect you?

Cosmetic chemical companies will say that all their ingredients are tested and safe for the public.

They will say that there is no scientific evidence to confirm that some cosmetic chemicals cause diseases.

  • Scientific evidence means proof
  • Proof is a dead or diseased body filled with a particular cosmetic chemical that can be identified and directly attributed
  • Any volunteers?

Probably not. If the chemical is suspected of causing death or disease, then ban it.

Let the cosmetic chemical manufacturer prove that it is 100% safe.

We look forward to this great score in the near future :

Makeup Safety in America 1 - 0 Toxic Cosmetic Chemicals

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