Most people glance at the ingredients in their food before consuming it…shouldn’t the same idea apply to your makeup? It’s important to know what you’re putting on your face and body before you use it. Read on to see what ‘organic’, ‘cruelty-free’, ‘hypoallergenic’ and other commonly used labels really mean!
TRUE OR FALSE: The FDA needs to approve all cosmetics before they go on the market.
FALSE: The law treats cosmetics differently from drugs. Cosmetic companies can use almost any ingredient they want, with these exceptions:
– There are some substances that can’t be used in makeup, and there are some limits on others.
– Color additives need to be approved for their intended use.
– Cosmetic products/ingredients must be safe when used for their intended purpose. FDA can take action against unsafe cosmetics on the market.
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TRUE OR FALSE: Using mascara the wrong way can cause eye injuries/infections, even blindness in extreme cases.
TRUE: If you scratch your eye with your mascara wand, you’re susceptible to getting an infection from the germs on the wand.
To prevent this, never apply mascara on-the-go or in a moving vehicle. If your mascara dries out, don’t add water to it. Mascara expires after 3 months. Also, never share mascara.
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TRUE OR FALSE: Tattoos used to be permanent, but now lasers are an easy, reliable way to get rid of them.
FALSE: It’s true that lasers have made it easier to lighten tattoos, but the process is not as simple as most seem to think. Lightening a tattoo can be an extensive process, and results may vary – some tattoos may even turn darker.
TRUE OR FALSE: “Cruelty Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” means that no animal testing was done on the product and its ingredients.
FALSE: Even if a product was not tested on animals, there’s a good chance its ingredients were. A company could call its products “cruelty free” because it isn’t doing any animal testing now. “No New Animal Testing” might be a more accurate claim in some cases.
To learn more about animal testing and cosmetics, click here.
TRUE OR FALSE: If a product is labeled “All Natural” or “Organic,” it’s probably hypoallergenic.
FALSE: Keep in mind – poison ivy is all natural, too! It is very possible to have an allergic reaction to an organic or all-natural product. For example, lanolin (a common ingredient in moisturizers that comes from sheep’s wool) can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
TRUE OR FALSE: Even if a product is labeled “Hypoallergenic,” it may contain substances that can cause allergic reactions in some people.
TRUE: Every person is different. While most will not, odds are some people will be allergic to a product despite its hypoallergenic label. According to the cosmetic industry, ‘hypoallergenic’ simply means less likely to cause an allergic reaction’. Dermatologists and consumers who have allergies know that no label can guarantee against an allergic reaction.
To learn more about hypoallergenic cosmetics, click here.
TRUE OR FALSE: Choosing products with a “Dermatologist Tested” claim is a way to avoid an allergic reaction or skin irritation.
FALSE: Dermatologist tested doesn’t cover all bases or answer many questions. It leaves you wondering…
Did the dermatologist work for the manufacturer? How many people was the product tested on? How long did the testing last? What were the results?
TRUE OR FALSE: Lots of lipsticks on the market contain dangerous amounts of lead.
FALSE: This urban legend has been shared many, may times, but it’s simply not true. FDA has tested hundreds of lipstick samples, and they’re ever only found the tiniest traces of lead. There’s no reason to believe these minuscule amounts are hurting people. If there’s ever a health issue from the amount of lead in lipsticks, the FDA will take action and take the product off the market.
TRUE OR FALSE: About 60-70 percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
FALSE: Most of what we put on our skin is absorbed extremely slowly, if at all. Generally, cosmetic products are meant to work on or near the surface of our skin. If it was being absorbed, the products wouldn’t be doing a very good job!
To learn more about this and other FDA cosmetics regulations, click here.
TRUE OR FALSE: 5-free polishes have removed toxins from your nail polish that could cause everything from cancer to harming your endocrine system.
TRUE: Many polish brands have gone 5-free – they’ve removed toxic ingredients, including formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and other things you might not be able to pronounce! While the chances that your nail polish can hurt you are slim, since polish sits on top of your nails, which aren’t made from live tissue), what’s the point of risking it?
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We hope you found these facts helpful! Keep in mind that we’re not experts: to learn more about cosmetics regulations, contact FDA or your doctor and visit FDA.gov.