Skin care products sourced from supermarkets, pharmacies and beauty therapists may look harmless, but are they? You may believe that these products are completely safe. However, these products may pose a risk to you and your family’s health. The Australian Government’s Department of Health—through the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)—regulates the use of ingredients in cosmetics. NICAS evaluates chemical ingredients in cosmetics and below is information from NICAS* in relation to the effects of chemicals used in some cosmetic products:
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate: can cause skin and eye irritation, and skin sensitisation.
- Mineral oil/waxes: white mineral oil is obtained from petroleum. Some petroleum oil derivatives may cause cancer.
- Phthalates: these are a group of chemicals that are used in both industrial and consumer products. Certain phthalate chemicals are known to affect the reproductive organs in high doses. NICNAS is currently conducting further public health risk assessments for the use of phthalates in cosmetics and other products.
- Glycolic acid: a product containing 10% or more glycolic acid is classified as a hazardous substance. Substances containing high concentrations of glycolic acid are corrosive. Glycolic acid irritates the skin and eyes and may increase sensitivity to sunburn in some people. Cosmetics with glycolic acid available to the public do not always meet labelling requirements.
These are just a few examples of the health risks of chemicals in cosmetics that are promoted to be safe in small quantities. But are they really safe in any quantity? What will the long-term effects be for you and your family? Our natural skin and beauty products are made from 100% natural organic ingredients. Using our products will eliminate the worry of using products with chemicals that have potential long-term health effects.
This post was prepared by Isabella for the subject Screening and Monitoring in Occupational Health and Safety