Filipinos abroad are warned not to use cosmetic products that might contain hazardous substances.
“Filipinos abroad must not engage in the illicit trade of cosmetics and other regulated products that are not compliant with national and regional safety regulations,” says Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition Thony Dizon.
“In Europe, for example, traders of skin whitening creams containing hydroquinone or mercury are determinedly prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Dizon added.
Products that have hydroquinone damages the liver as well as the nervous system of the person who constantly uses it. There are also beauty products that contain mercury. This dangerous substance can affect the kidney, causes rashes, discoloration, and scarring of your skin.
Producers were also reminded by the group to stop selling products with such dangerous substances because it will surely affect the well-being of their customers.
For consumers, please read labels and if you found these substances in your beauty product, stop it immediately to avoid health complications.
As much as possible, use products that are authorized by the FDA and check labels to avoid inhibiting these dangerous substances in your system.
Desiring to be prettier with fair skin is totally okay as long as you use products that won’t harm your health.