Safety Of Cosmetics

If you use cosmetics, then the safety of the products that you use may not always be on your mind either when you buy or when you use the products.

There is a tendency to assume that everything is safe to use if it has been put on sale, especially in our more well known shops.

That’s all well and good, and in fact there are stringent safety checks that are in place to ensure that cosmetics imported and sold in the UK conform to safety guidelines.

However, with the advent of shopping on the internet, and the ease with which cosmetics can move over borders, particularly in small quantities, the safety of the cosmetics you use cannot always be so easily assumed.

This is because testing standards in the rest of the world do not necessarily conform with the rigorous testing that is required in the UK.

You should always take care buying cosmetics on the internet. As part of your checks, have a look at reviews on, and ensure that others have got positive things to say about the product that you are considering buying.

Shopping for personal care products is not difficult, but you should exercise care when buying on the internet.

UK Cosmetics Testing

In the UK, there are stringent guidelines covering testing of products that are for sale.

These guidelines form part of the EU cosmetics regulation, which controls exactly how cosmetics are produced and sold.

Each ingredient in a cosmetic is assessed by taking into account its own individual risk profile.

This risk assessment is a three stage process that takes into account many aspects of the product history, use and application.

Across Europe there are also a set of voluntary initiatives in place that may, or may not be instigated by a cosmetics manufacturer who places items for sale within the EU.

These voluntary guidelines specify tests that go over and above the minimum required and so will not necessarily be carried out.


So, with all of these safety guidelines and legal requirements in place, where is the room for harm?

Well, Europe and the UK do not have hermetic borders.

Cosmetics as well as many other items cross borders without the relevant checks every day.

More recently, as small businesses harness the power of the global market to assist their businesses, products produced under less stringent conditions in other parts of the world can quite easily make their way into the UK.

Once here, sale can be quite swift on any of the many online marketplaces or via private websites or even in retail locations.

Protect Yourself

You can do a lot to keep yourself safe.

Buying from reputable vendors is one way of ensuring the quality of your product. Another is to buy brands that you recognise and trust.

Stay away from deals that seem too good to be true unless they are from a retailer that you trust to be selling the kind of quality ingredients that you want to be wearing.