By Laura deCarufel
We’ve all been there. For women with allergies, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema or extremely sensitive skin, a trip to the drugstore can be as pleasant as cold toast. Trawling the aisles for moisturizer or lipstick, turning boxes to read ingredients while the familiar anxiety seizes. With hundreds of products and thousands of ingredients, how can you know which ones are safe?
Read on. More companies than ever before are creating skincare and makeup lines for sensitive and allergic skin, and many mainstream brands have adopted stricter rules about which ingredients they use. Still, there are dodgy areas. Cosmetic labelling, for example, is a tricky art: some ingredients are listed by their Latin names (peanut oil will on occasion turn up as “arachis hypogaea”), and while the terms “hypo-allergenic” and “organic” are encouraging, the words themselves aren’t regulated. There are certification bodies, which determine, according to their standards, if a product is organic, but it is not necessary to be certified before labelling a product as such.
In November 2006, additional light will be cast on such wording as amendments to Canada’s Cosmetic Regulations (under the Food and Drugs Act) come into effect. Chief among the changes is that complete ingredient labelling will be mandatory for all cosmetic products: all colouring agents in nail polish will be listed, as will all botanicals…
For the rest of this article, see the Spring 2005 issue of Allergic Living magazine.
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