Cosmetic skin care products are skin moisturizers, lipsticks, perfumes, fingernail polishes, makeup, shampoo, hair colors, deodorants and toothpastes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Laws are different for these products than they are for drugs, for example. The Food and Drug Administration states, on its website, that it does not have a premarket approval system for cosmetic products or ingredients. The FDA must recognize drugs as safe and effective before allowing them to go on the market. This is not the case for cosmetics, with the exception of color additives. Consumers should be aware of some of the dangerous chemicals in skin care products.
Could your nail polish be making you sick? The answer might surprise you! Some of the products commonly used in California salons were found to contain a “toxic trio” of chemicals linked to birth defects, asthma and other serious health concerns – despite the fact that the polishes were labeled as being free of these chemicals! Regulators tested 25 randomly chosen nail polish products chosen, and found that many contained one or more of a chemical that it was advertised to be free of, including toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde.
You are probably aware that many chemicals in cleaning products can be dangerous for the environment, and this has caused you to make the switch to “green” cleaning products. These products are safer for the environment, but they do still contain chemicals than can cause harm if you use them incorrectly. Consider all the facts when choosing the best cleaning products for your family.
A natural infant formula recipe is one option for new moms who are struggling with milk production or whose milk production has waned. Homemade formulas may be more easily tolerated by an infant’s digestive system compared to commercial formulas, when breast milk is not available. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies drink breast milk or formula, not cow’s milk, in the first year of life. For the first four to six months, a baby’s sole nutrition will come in liquid form. The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and other health agencies have concerns about the nutritional value of homemade formulas. Parents and health advocates are also concerned about dangerous chemicals sometimes found in commercially available formulas. Parents and their pediatricians need to weigh the benefits of homemade formulas vs. commercial formulas when breast milk is not available.