4 Things your personal care products are hiding from you
If you think food laws in India should be stricter, you’ll be appalled to know how regulations pass cosmetics off. With little supervision, most brands exploit the carte blanche they enjoy and lace your favourite personal care products with toxicants. While that shampoo might make your hair smooth temporarily, you might completely lose it in the long run; the body wash that smells of irresistible strawberries might be making your skin itchy; the face wash that promises to be mild may slowly be ageing you.
Because the beauty industry is highly unregulated and authorities only supervise products for colour additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs, the onus of making sure we use everything safe comes down to us. After all, it is our skin and wellbeing is at the risk of getting marred by synthetic chemicals that are not only skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disruptors but also carcinogenic.