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Cosmetics have a lot of chemicals, and other ingredients put into them.. Those ingredients could be potentially harmful, so they need to be tested to ensure the safety of the buyer.

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Doesn’t the government certify that personal care products are safe and healthy before they can be sold to consumers?

No. Major loopholes in federal law allow the $50 billion cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, no required monitoring of health effects, and inadequate labeling requirements.

Neither cosmetic products nor cosmetic ingredients are reviewed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are sold to the public. FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetic products before marketing

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Can cosmetics be used by pregnant women?

Yes, however, because the body is going through a changing, and very draining time, a pregnant woman may have to switch to more gentle, light cosmetics, such as Clinique.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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How many animals a year die from cosmetic tests?

About 38.000 have cosmetic tests and about 19.000 die. Usally 2 to 3 weeks after.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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What are the arguments for and against animal testing of cosmetics?

For the against side I would say that it is cruel to test animals and for the pro side I would say it is good becauseif we don't test things first, then we might be in danger..

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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What are the big cosmetic brands?

Maybeline, Rimmel, Max-Factor, L'Oreal, M.A.C, Revlon, Cover Girl, Estée Lauder & Avon.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Do you guys know what are cosmetic ingredients?

While there is assurance from the largest cosmetic companies that ingredients have passed quality tests and official regulations, and are therefore generally safe to use, there is a growing preference for cosmetics that are without any "synthetic" ingredients, especially those derived from petroleum. Once a niche market, handmade and certified organic products are becoming more mainstream.

Ingredients' listings in cosmetics are highly regulated in many countries. The testing of cosmetic products on animals is a subject of some controversy. It is now illegal in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Belgium, and a ban across the European Union is due to come into effect in 2009.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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What is the shelf life of cosmetics?

The shelf life for eye-area cosmetics is more limited than for other products. Because of repeated microbial exposure during use by the consumer and the risk of eye infections, some industry experts recommend replacing mascara 3 months after purchase. If mascara becomes dry, discard it. Do not add water or, even worse, saliva to moisten it, because that will introduce bacteria into the product. If you have an eye infection, consult a physician immediately, stop using all eye-area cosmetics, and discard those you were using when the infection occurred.

Among other cosmetics that are likely to have an unusually short shelf life are certain "all natural" products that may contain plant-derived substances conducive to microbial growth. It also is important for consumers and manufacturers to consider the increased risk of contamination in products that contain non-traditional preservatives, or no preservatives at all.

Consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply "rules of thumb," and that a product's safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored. Cosmetics that have been improperly stored - for example, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, or opened and examined by consumers prior to final sale - may deteriorate substantially before the expiration date. On the other hand, products stored under ideal conditions may be acceptable long after the expiration date has been reached.

Sharing makeup increases the risk of contamination. "Testers" commonly found at department store cosmetic counters are even more likely to become contaminated than the same products in an individual's home. If you feel you must test a cosmetic before purchasing it, apply it with a new, unused applicator, such as a fresh cotton swab.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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What animal tests may be carried out on cosmetics?

Some or all of the following types of toxicity tests may be carried out on cosmetic products and/or
their raw ingredients:
? Acute systemic toxicity in rodents or rabbits
? Eye and skin irritation in vitro and/or in rabbits
? Skin allergy in mice or guinea pigs
? Skin absorption in vitro or in rodents
? Phototoxicity in vitro or in rodents
? Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination studies in rodents
? Repeated-dose (1, 3 and/or 12 month) general toxicity studies in rodents and/or dogs
? Reproductive toxicity in at least two generations of rodents
? Developmental toxicity in rabbits and/or rodents
? Genetic toxicity studies of at least 3 varieties in vitro and/or in rodents
? Lifetime (18-24 month) cancer studies in mice and/or rats.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Does FDA specifically require that cosmetics or their ingredients be tested on animals?

No. In contrast to most other products regulated by FDA, cosmetics and their ingredients are not subject to specific testing requirements or pre-market approval by the agency. However, the FFDCA broadly prohibits the marketing of "adulterated" or "misbranded" cosmetics, including any product
(other than a hair dye) that "bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to users...."4-5 In other words, cosmetic manufacturers are responsible for assuring the safety of their products and the ingredients they use, but are not required to use animal tests to do so.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Does ALMAY cosmetics company test on animals?

No. ALMAY relies on the judgment of pharmacological, toxicological and medical experts. We use non-animal alternative test methods as well as the safety histories of formulations and ingredients to determine product safety.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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