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Seven things to know about your cosmetics

How many personal care and hygiene products do you use in a day?

A recent consumer survey estimated that women use an average of 12 and men use an average of six personal care products daily. This adds up to an exposure of more than 80 unique ingredients!

The problem is that many of these ingredients don’t have a proven track record of safety. In fact, new research is making the connection between our health and cosmetic ingredients. With a few easy tips, you can avoid the most harmful cosmetic ingredients and find cleaner alternatives.

When we take stock of how many products we have in our bathroom cabinet, we can quickly see that our exposure to potentially harmful ingredients may be quite high. Many of us use some combination of body lotion, shampoo, perfume, soaps, deodorants, shaving creams, makeup, gels ... and the list goes on.

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