12 Cosmetic Ingredients Banned in the EU, but Not the US

Cropped shot of factory worker in gloves and gown holding plastic jar, filling it with white face or body cream. Beauty, skincare and cosmetology

When it comes to regulating cosmetics, there is a big divider that stands between the U.S. and Europe. One reason for this discrepancy is that the EU has a more precautionary approach with laws that require manufacturers to prove that a product is safe before it can be used; the U.S. has similar rules for new chemicals entering the market, but no such precautionary principles for the thousands of ingredients already in use.

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