Most consumers are aware that any cosmetic product contains a wide range of ingredients. However, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that:
- The consumers are well-informed regarding the benefits and adverse effects of any ingredients of the cosmetics
- There are sufficient warnings and precautions to ensure the right use of the products and avoid any type of skin damage
- The ideal concentrations of these ingredients are utilized
- Ingredients are in line with the intended purpose of the cosmetic product
- Nonpermissive ingredients are not included in cosmetics
We help Manufacturers do this by performing a thorough review of their ingredients based on the purpose of the product (E.g., lotion, scrubs, etc).
Let’s take a look at an example ingredient: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA).
Alpha hydroxy acids are organic acids with a hydroxyl group on the carbon adjacent to the carboxylic acid group. This ingredient is mostly seen in exfoliants and much of it is not allowed in daily-use cosmetics. Experts believe that using cosmetics containing AHAs increases skin sensitivity to the sun, which can result in sunburns both during use and for up to a week following. The FDA set in place limits for this ingredient’s use in cosmetics similarly, there have been restrictions for other ingredients too.
Someone rightly said, “Good food depends almost entirely on good quality and the right level of ingredients”. This holds true not just for food but also for medications, cosmetics, and biologics in order to get the best results in the safest manner. If you are a cosmetic manufacturing company and are developing products, it is important for you to know your ingredients and make sure they are compliant with the FDA-prescribed levels. Feel free to reach out to Elexes to get your cosmetics ingredient list reviewed today.
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