Monday, June 1, 2009

GIRLY MONDAYS by jasmine schoch

Do you know what you're putting on your skin?

For my GIRLY MONDAYS blog post this week, I want to cover the basics of skin care and make up. Although a lot of ladies are unaware of it, there are actually two different grades of skin care and make up available on the beauty market today: cosmetic grade and pharmaceutical grade.

Cosmetic quality is what department, drug and grocery stores sell. These include the big and expensive brands and the cheaper ones. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows cosmetic grade products to contain up to 30% bacteria. This means that ingredients may only be 70% pure. It is a large breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to contact dermatitis, an itchy red rash. This is why makeup packaging tells us to throw away any unused product every 90-180 days. And 95% of the skincare industry is cosmetic quality and unregulated by the FDA. Cosmetic companies are not required to register their products with the FDA, while cosmetic products are subjective and do not reflect or require scientific testing.

Pharmaceutical grade skin care products are FDA regulated. The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade products be 99.9% pure ingredients. Products must contain 0.1%, or less, of bacteria. Only 5% of the skin care industry is under the regulation established by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care products.

So now that you know all this fantastic new info, be sure to check your products before applying them to your face and I will definitely have more makeup and skin care tips to follow next week :-)


Phillips, Lisa. "Pharmaceutical vs. Cosmetic Grade Makeup." 2007. 1 June 2009



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