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LETTER: Time for safer skin care

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

When you buy shampoo, sunscreen or body lotion for your kids or grandchildren do you assume they are safe to put on a child’s skin? Unfortunately, many of the products on store shelves are not regulated or tested for safety.

I joined Beautycounter three years ago when I realized I needed to start using safer products.

I was pleased to find a company that was committed to not only making safer products but also working to advocate for change in the personal care industry in both the U.S. and Canada.

I am also a board member representing LDAC (Learning Disability Association of Canada) on CPCHE (Canadian Partnership  for Children’s Health and Environment) and had been learning of the hazards and potentially harmful ingredients in many of our products.

Of considerable  concern to me was how these ingredients can have a significant impact on our health and even more so on our children’s health because they are so much more vulnerable than us.

CEPA reform also needs to ensure the “fragrance loophole” is closed so all ingredients can be fully disclosed. Lastly, the “ hot list” of potentially harmful ingredients should not only be eliminated but be strongly enforced by Heath Canada.

Recently I was given the opportunity to join 24 other Canadian Beautycounter independent consultants to educate Members of Parliament in Ottawa on cosmetic safety and reform.

We asked MPs to include cosmetic reform as part of the review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), a law that has not been updated in 20 years.

We asked for several updates to CEPA.

For example, endocrine disrupting hormones must be eliminated.

Phthalates are often used in fragrances and are capable of  altering fetal brain development and linked to infertility issues. CEPA reform also needs to ensure the “fragrance loophole” is closed so all ingredients can be fully disclosed.

Lastly, the “ hot list” of potentially harmful ingredients should not only be eliminated but be strongly enforced by Heath Canada.

I am asking all Members of Parliament in this Province to support reform to the personal care industry as recommended in CEPA review.

Lynn Green,
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

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