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How Would I Know If The Cosmetics I Buy Are Kosher
Cosmetics is a topic that includes the appearance-enhancing techniques that beauticians do, plus the medical equipment (such as lasers) and procedures available for decreasing or removing skin discolorations, minor birthmarks, freckles, wrinkles, tattoos, age spots, scars, body ...Read more
Can cosmetics from asia sold in france contain lead? Or should I wait and buy them back in the usa?
It depends: If you just need a lipstick for your big night in paris, it probably won't harm you to buy a tube, but if you're planning to buy a gross to bring back to the states, you might want to reconsider. Even cosmetics bought in the usa may not be safe as not everything imported can be inspected and it's too easy to conceal the country of origin on some products. Bottom line, know your sources! ...Read more
Kosher cosmetics: Interpretations of kashrus & halachic law vary tremendously, so always consult with your own rabbi, but... In general, everyday makeup is kosher if it doesn't contain products from or tested on unclean animals. Shabbos makeup should be powdered & applied dry (to avoid dyeing on shabbos) and colors should not be mixed on the same brush, and for pesach, makeup also must not contain any chametz. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I find out if OTC cosmetics that I buy at the store actually do what they say? Is there some resource that doctors trust for verifying claims?
Not tested. : A large majority of OTC products are not tested for efficacy nor safety. So we never really know. ...Read more
What is Botox?: Botox is an injectable medication used to relax muscles. For cosmetic purposes it is typically used in the facial muscles of expression around the eyes and forehead. In certain instances it can be used to relax the muscles around the mouth, jawline, and neck. The cosmetic benefit comes from the resulting relaxation of the skin which diminishes the depth the expression lines. ...Read moreSee 30 more doctor answers
Safe Cosmetics: Depends on whether you have allergies to particular substances that may be in a cosmetic and the amount of allergen the cosmetic may contain. Consider going to a physicial who treats allergies to be evaluated if there is a history in your family or if you believe you have an allergy to cosmetics or if you have had an allergic reaction in the past. ...Read more
Check the Label: If cosmetics have active or prescription ingredients, some of them can degrade over time and actually change into other things that may have a different or unintended effect on your body. That is why medications and skin care products carry an expiration date. Some topicals may also grow bacteria over time and could result in unwanted infection. Best to follow the instruction on the label. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost never: Commercially available cosmetics will not be absorbed through the skin which is highly resistant and impenetrable. Some might enter in the presence of dimethylsulfoxide. Be cautious about cosmetics not in the usual commercial category that you might find on line produced in countries with limited regulation. ...Read more
That is such an open: ended question. In theory it is a way to help your skin look and feel a little younger and can include lasers, fillers, neuromodulators, but even face-lifts and brow lifts. See a board certified dermatologist or derm surgeon, or plastic surgeon. ...Read more
All of it...: ...Except lipstick, and powder-based cosmetics, which typically last up to 2 years. You shouldn't wait a year to toss some products, such as mascara, which is easily contaminated by bacteria and should be replaced every 3 to 6 months. Other products, such as moisturizers, have an expiration date printed right on the label. ...Read more
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