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Safety Basics

Safety is the most critical consideration when caring for yourself and your family. Nothing else matters if you can’t believe in a product and rely on it to do what it says. Product safety is a top priority of cosmetics and personal care products companies, and everything they do is grounded in the best science available. In the U.S., cosmetics and personal care products are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), the Fair Packaging & Labeling Act (FPLA) and the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) of 2022.

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Egyptian Queen Nefertiti

A History of Cosmetics from Ancient Times

Civilizations have used cosmetics – though not always recognizable compared to today’s advanced products – for centuries in religious rituals, to enhance beauty, and to promote good health.
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About Cosmetics Info

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Choosing safe products from a store shelf

Educating Consumers About Product Shelf Life

No regulations or requirements under current U.S. law require manufacturers to print specific expiration dates on the labels of cosmetics and personal care products. However, they are required to determine shelf life as part of their responsibility to substantiate safety. Learn about product shelf life and how it affects safety.
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