(CBS) — Are your beauty products bad for your health?
Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine announced the results of its year-long investigation, finding that many beauty products may contain harmful chemicals.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: 1,182 New Coronavirus Cases, 5 More Deaths; Lowest One-Day Death Toll Since September
As CBS2’s Marissa Mayer reports, even products found at a local drugstore could lead to an increased risk of cancer or impact a person’s reproductive health.
One ingredient to avoid is Quaternium 15, which ShopSmart claims is a potential carcinogen. It can be found in Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash.
DMDM Hydantoin is found in two different Pond’s products and according to the study, is also a possible carcinogen.READ MORE: Park District Spring Program Sign Up Starts Monday
Triclosan, an ingredient in Colgate Total toothpaste and Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Antibacterial Bar, is another chemical to avoid. It may impact reproductive and developmental health.
Johnson and Johnson was the only company to respond to CBS 2’s request for answers. They say: a new formula is currently being rolled out and the Aveeno Body Wash containing Quaternium-15 should be off shelves soon.
Best advice? Make a list of the chemicals and check them out each time you buy.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Seeking To Identify People Involved In Last Summer's Clash With Officers At Columbus Statue In Grant Park
To find out more on the beauty products that may affect your health, check out Marissa Bailey’s full report in the video above.