According to a non-profit study recently conducted, women use around 12 different products on their skin every day. This adds up to a total of 168 chemicals on the skin many of which have not had any serious review by the FDA. Although likely most are harmless, many consumer protection groups are still pushing for legislation that would require the FDA to review some of the more common chemicals used.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act was recently introduced by senators Dianne Feinstein, D-California and Susan Collins, R-Maine. The proposed legislation would require the FDA to review five chemicals found in skin care products each year. The hope is that this will bring some basic regulation to an industry that has so far had very little oversight and only a loose system of state regulations.
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