Saturday, January 7, 2017


Another welcome move by FDA in issuing guidelines to limit led content in lip products up to a maximum level of 10 ppm.

As a public health safety measure, FDA guidance is aimed at limiting human exposure to lead in finished FDA-regulated cosmetic products.

FDA regulations require that cosmetics marketed in the United States be safe under their intended and customary conditions of use, and be properly labeled. Cosmetics are not subject to pre-market approval by FDA. However, pre-market approval is required for the color additives used as ingredients in cosmetics.

Dermal absorption of lead from externally applied cosmetics is potentially risky even if very small. The amount of exposure to lead as an impurity in a product such as body lotion is higher because average applications are higher (8.7 g/day).

FDA monitors and issues guidance in order to ensure safe skin care products are available in the market. However, not all manufacturers adhere to the specifications laid down by the FDA. This is more so in the case of online suppliers of cosmetics where there is no effective control on the safety standards.

Many consumers are, therefore, turning to the natural organic formulations that do not contain potentially harmful ingredients like lead, chemicals, synthetic colors, mercury. Herbally Radianthas been supporting such choices and has launched its own extremely skin-friendly products in the last six years. Manufactured in US, its products contain USDA certified ingredients. 

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