Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and soon we’ll be trading in our shoes and sneakers for sandals and flip-flops. For some of you, this may mean a trip to your favorite salon or spa to get your feet fit for summer. Before you pamper yourself with a pedicure, I wanted to share what the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance is doing to help protect the health and safety of salon workers and customers.
Last week, the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance helped several salon workers travel to Washington, DC to ask policy-makers to help protect them from toxins in cosmetic products by supporting the Safe Cosmetics Act.
Every day, thousands of nail technicians and hair stylists risk their health in order to beautify their customers. Cosmetic products contain chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, hormone disruption, and other health impacts, yet these products are allowed on to the market without any safety assessments.
The Safe Cosmetics Act would address many of these regulatory gaps by phasing out the use of known carcinogens, genetic mutagens, and reproductive toxins from cosmetic products and require full ingredient listings to help consumers know what they’re purchasing. It would also improve federal oversight of cosmetic products by requiring premarket safety assessments and safety risk assessments for vulnerable populations, including salon workers. These regulatory improvements are necessary to protect the safety of cosmetic products and health of salon workers.
Salon workers, their customers, and all Americans who use personal care products, deserve products that are free from toxic chemicals that put our health and safety at risk.
Stand in solidarity with salon workers! Ask your representative to support the Safe Cosmetics Act and join as a co-sponsor of this important bill!
P.S. Want to know just how safe your favorite cosmetics and personal care products are? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database by clicking here.