Color Cosmetics: Are they Fashionable or Fatal?

Published By : 26 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Color cosmetics refer to make-up products such as nail paint, lipstick, eye shadow, foundation, blush, and other related products. Increasing fashion consciousness and growing awareness about personal grooming has propelled the demand for color cosmetics. The report points out that seasonal fashion trends play an important role in the growth of the global color cosmetics market. However, threat from counterfeit products is expected to restrain the market’s growth during the forecast horizon.  Various research studies have pointed out that the presence of harmful compounds such as phthalates, triclosan, parabens, ethylene oxide, lead, and 1,3-butadiene in color cosmetics has adverse impacts on the human body. As a result, consumers increasingly prefer natural and organic color cosmetics over synthetic ones. This would create new growth opportunity for the color cosmetics market in the U.S.  The growing trend of customized color cosmetic products is expected to further augment the market’s growth. 

Carcinogens in Cosmetics

A number of cancer-causing compounds have been found as chemical ingredients in cosmetics. Though the U.S. FDA has mandated a list of safe compounds to be used in cosmetics, there are loopholes and hence, harmful chemical compounds are finding their way to human body. In nail paints, acrylates such as ethyl methacrylate, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate are the primary components. Benzophenone and related compounds are used in cosmetics such as nail polish and lip balm. These chemical constituents are used in make-up products to protect these from UV light. Butylated compounds have been banned by the European Union due to its organ-system toxicity and endocrine disruption. Butylated hydroxyanisole, better known as BHA, has been banned by many regulatory bodies. It is astonishing to observe that the laws governing personal care products and cosmetics are very limited. As a result, many cancer-causing chemicals are legally allowed to be used in personal care products. 

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