On a daily basis we are faced with questions regarding our use of cosmetic products. Only a handful of us look at the back of each product to see what kind of chemicals it contains. The most important thing for most consumers is looking good, even if for only one night. Our society is lured in by the media and magazine articles to look good rather than focus on our real beauty.

There are thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics, and for many of them we don’t know their full impact on the body. We are a living guinea pig experiment. From the 1930's through the 1990's, the majority of the chemicals used in both male and female cosmetics were not fully tested, and a majority of those products deemed “safe” back then are banned now.

Are we the only ones that are affected by these products? The answer is no; as a majority of us know, cosmetics are tested on animals before they ever get to us.

According to Idausa.org, “Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals through testing their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers.” This testing on animals is inhumane and the results are often inaccurate when applied towards humans. LD tests do not measure human health hazards but only determine how toxic the product is to the type of animal it was tested on.

What can consumers do? As a society we can push for the ban in the U.S. of cosmetics that were in any way tested on animals, as the European Union did in 2009. We can also work to educate ourselves on the ingredients used in cosmetics and reduce our exposure to and intake of toxic substances.

Visit http://www.leapingbunny.org/indexcus.php for more detailed information regarding the safe use of cosmetics.
List of companies that do test on animals: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf
Cosmetic Testing Facts: http://www.idausa.org/facts/costesting.html

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    August 2012