Lead in lipstick. Formaldehyde in suntan oil. The cosmetics you use every day are likely to include any number of ingredients that haven’t been tested for their safety. Why hasn’t the FDA done more to ban toxins from cosmetics? In our newest issue, John Wasik reports on the FDA’s shocking lack of power to regulate the cosmetics industry, and the efforts of the cosmetics industry to avoid oversight. He also tells an intensely personal story of his wife’s battle with breast cancer and the potential role of cosmetics in her diagnosis.

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.