Natural Cosmetics

Keeping an Eye on Irritating Ingredients

Ask the Expert

Q: I've heard some ingredients in skin care products can be irritating and even toxic. Is this true?

A: According to the Food and Drug Administration's website, "The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval."

Skin & Body Care

The Natural Way

The use of chemicals in cosmetics has been increasing over the last several years and although some natural alternatives to these chemicals exist, many cosmetic companies won’t use them because they are more costly and less readily available.