Cosmetics Are Getting A Makeover

By Ella Brodskaya [June 5th, 2012] 

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Creams that could refill wrinkles in an hour or eliminate them in just one week?

Breaking news: there is really NO such thing as a magical cream that can make your skin look flawless, wrinkle-free, and ten years younger. Despite claims from Lancome and Neutrogena, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus found that the companies lacked substantiation in their wrinkle cream advertisements.

The cosmetic industry may be getting a makeover. The Obama administration’s fiscal budget plan for 2013 proposes “nearly $19 million in user fees for the cosmetics industry to fund enhanced monitoring, which would include a switch to mandatory from voluntary registration of ingredients.” The cosmetics industry in the United States rakes in about $60 billion annually. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the need for stricter scrutiny when it comes to skin-care products. Just how relaxed is the current regulation of cosmetics? Well, only 10 cosmetic ingredients are banned in the United States. Compared to approximately 1,200 ingredients that are banned in Europe, it certainly seems as though it’s time for reform.

The California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 made California the first state to pass a law requiring manufactures to disclose any ingredients that could be linked to cancer or birth defects. Should more states follow in their footsteps?


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