The laws that approve and regulate what goes into products change depending on the country or continent. In the United States, the latest federal law regarding personal care products was passed in 1938; only 30 ingredients are partially banned. Meanwhile, the European Union counts with over 1,300 products banned so far.
However, there are ways to choose the smartest products wherever you are.
- Do you trust the labels? Sometimes brands use words like hypoallergenic, natural or dermatologist-tested without there being any proof to their claims. What matter about this is that there are many studies that can be done and not all of them cover the same issues. Investigate the brands you like and look for tests they have done or proof they have provided.
Read the ingredients and know what they represent. Sadly, some brands have been known to use ingredients that do the opposite of what they claim. The reason for this could be seen in two ways, the brands either want to save money and choose cheap ingredients, or they want to make the consumer think they need more than what is actually necessary.