5 Myths of Cosmetic Safety

With the right kind and amount of makeup and cosmetics, anyone can achieve amazing results to cover up blemishes and imperfections or simply enhance their strong assets. Why, cosmetics play a large and important part in assisting victims of severe acne to regain their confidence simply by covering their blemishes up or taking the focus away from them.

Many celebrities such as actresses and music stars promote mainstream cosmetic products to boost sales. Even with their many advantages, there are always risks to be considered in cosmetic use. Although there are many tips on how to use cosmetics, there is also a whole lot of confusion on exactly what should be avoided simply for safety reasons.

Many myths abound on cosmetic safety and this article should help dispel them to ensure you achieve the exact look you have while still looking after your health.

1. Many believe that simply because they apply their cosmetics on the surface, that is the skin, there are no effects that impact on the internal body parts. Others believe that even if there is any amount of the components in cosmetics that enter the body through the skin, it isn’t at a level which they should be worried about. This is a misguided belief because the skin is a more delicate organ than we would like to believe and readily absorbs cosmetics which have been made specifically with enhancers that open up the skin’s pores and permeate through to the rest of the body.

2. Do you think that cosmetic products with the words “organic” and “natural” are always safer as compared to their counterparts? If you answered yes, then brace yourself for a shock. A study conducted by Certech in 2008 showed that the majority of products which had been labeled as “organic” contained actual organic ingredients in portions as little as 10% of volume of the entire product! The FDA fought a fine fight to try and get the courts to establish a definition which would see all manufacturers only allowed to use the word “natural” based on how honestly the ingredients used in products were natural but the protections were overturned in the resulting case in 1998. That means that any manufacturer is allowed to mix a much, much larger amount of synthetic chemicals in their product with a very small amount of actual natural chemicals and still label it as “natural” or “organic”.

3. Since we’re talking cosmetics, many assume that the whole issue only concerns women. This is yet another wrong myth of cosmetic safety because the Environmental Working Group or EWG conducted certified studies in 2004 and 2007 which showed that a young child’s daily products contain an average of about 61 ingredients and men’s daily products contain an average of 85 ingredients which means everyone is affected and at risk. Since everyone does go some form of personal care every day, whether a man, woman, teenager, or young child, it is important that every single product be scrutinized thoroughly.

4. Another myth is that any cosmetic product bought at a reputable drugstore, supermarket or department store cosmetic counter is always to be trusted. The one thing you have to understand is that these are just dispensing centers. They do not have any obligations to test the products they stock and sell and as such, their consumers, you, have no rights to expect them to sell you products which are guarantee to work or not harm your health. The research and decision to buy these cosmetic products is left entirely up to you. Also, due to the volume of products that debut, the FDA is unable to test each.

5. Each country has its own laws which govern what ingredients they consider hazardous. This leads to a whole lot of confusion into the belief that what works in one country will be fine in another. The FDA did two studies in 2000 then again in 2005 which found that cosmetic companies were allowed to use any raw material or ingredient without having to get government review and approval. The honest truth is that a company can easily produce a line of cosmetics that may be considered dangerous in some countries while it is considered acceptable in others or is simply never validated by the government.

While studies carried out by the EWG show that the cosmetic industry may have as many as 6,800 unique ingredients to choose from while manufacturing personal care products, this is something that many consumers do not know. A man uses about 6 personal care products daily with a total of 85 ingredients, a woman will use about 12 products with 168 ingredients daily and children are exposed to about 61 ingredients in their personal care products daily. Safety always remains key!

Mary is a mother of two lovely children and she blogs at Miracle Maternity, where she shares valuable insight and her personal experience with pregnancy and childcare.

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