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Pretty Scary: Take Action for Kids' Cosmetic Safety

Urge Congress to make children's health and safety a priority.

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Tip Card: Health and Beauty


Prevention starts with your morning routine.

Read the tips below, then download the printable card to share with friends and family.

Download the Health and Beauty Tip Card.

Tip 1: When it comes to personal care products, simple is best

Decrease your exposure to toxic chemicals in cosmetics by using fewer products and choosing those with simpler ingredients. And avoid fragrance—that single ingredient can contain dozens of chemicals.

Tip 2: Don’t be fooled by empty “organic” and “natural” claims on beauty care products

Because the cosmetics industry is largely unregulated, these claims may have no meaning. Read labels for specific information on a product’s ingredients.

Tip 3: Avoid these problematic ingredients

• ingredients with “PEG” and “eth” in the name (potential 1,4-dioxane contamination)
• butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
• diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) (possible nitrosamine contamination)
• formaldehyde
• quaternium
• DMDM hydantoin
• imidazolidinyl urea
• fragrance
• hydroquinone
• nonylphenol
• petrolatum
• phthalates (DBP & DEP)
• synthetic musks
• toluene
• triclosan and triclocarban

Tip 4: Join the Breast Cancer Fund to learn the science, get more tips and take action.

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