#ReadYourLabels

Think what's in your personal care products won't hurt you? Think again.

Take a look at the breakdown below, in numbers, of why reading the labels on your personal care products (and making informed decisions about which products are safe enough for use on your body) is so important.

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The number of safety tests required by the FDA for chemical additives put into personal care products. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.” (EWG.org)
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The number of women out of 8 that will be diagnosed with breast cancer – a disease with subtypes that have been linked to environmental toxins – in her lifetime.
5
The number of pounds of damaging chemicals (from beauty products) absorbed through the skin of the average woman. (In Cosmetics)
9
The number of personal care products used by the average American each day (EWG.org)
11
The total number of ingredients that the FDA has banned for use in personal care products (as compared with hundreds that have been banned in the EU) (Dr. Trevor Cates)
12
Otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen” – an annual list of the most toxic ingredients in our personal care products. (EWG.com)
19
The number of years earlier a woman who shaves her underarms and uses deodorant is diagnosed with breast cancer, as compared with women who do neither. (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics)
20
The percentage of the 12,000 or more ingredients used in personal care products that have been tested for safety on humans. (LA Times)
60
The average percentage of product that’s absorbed into the body after being applied to the skin (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics)
200
The percentage increase in male reproductive problems between 1970 and 1993, with a suspected link to environmental chemicals (NIH, CDC study)
1938
The last year a federal law was passed regulating the cosmetics industry. (LA Times)
12,000 
The number of ingredients used in personal care products, from shampoo to lipstick and skincare.