New bill aims to regulate chemicals in cosmetics

(Valley News Live) -- A new bill aims to protect people from potentially dangerous chemicals found in everyday beauty products like makeup, lotions and shampoos.

Women put an average of 168 chemicals on their face and body before they even walk out of the door.

Studies show some of those chemicals have been linked to health problems including cancer and infertility.

Consumer advocates said it has been 80 years since a cosmetic bill was passed.

"Cosmetic companies can put virtually anything in personal care products and there's very little that the FDA can do to stop that," said Consumer Advocate Scott Faber.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is co-sponsoring the bill that would give the FDA expanded authority to regulate chemicals in cosmetics.

Under the personal care product safety act, a company would be required to report consumer complaints to the FDA.