Women of Color and their Personal Products: Knowing What is in Your Beauty Routine

October 11, 2022

We use personal and beauty products every day, but do we really know what is in these products? Dr. Jasmine McDonald, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, discusses what is considered a toxic ingredient and why, what types of ingredients to lookout for, and the importance of knowing what is in your personal care products. Dr. McDonald also delves into the racial injustice that exists, the unequal chemical burdens among women of color, and how we can move toward clean and equitable beauty. This information is relevant to those with and without a cancer diagnosis.

Key takeaways from webinar viewers:

  • Chemicals to Avoid: https://www.safecosmetics.org/red-list/
  • Be mindful of the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals, phthalates, and parabens
  • Determine your own personal care routine and minimize use of those with harmful ingredients
  • Certain products can cause several diseases and life-long illnesses

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