Indians Hardly Care About Cosmetics

Just now i wandered into Food and Drug Administration website where I saw lot of warnings about nail care products. The list of chemicals that go into the manufacturing of those nail care products is just mind boggling. I strongly recommend that you have a look at this link…Common nail product ingredients.

I always think that in those countries at least the people know about the ingredients of the cosmetics that they are using. The regulatory mechanism is quite stringent as you can see yourself just by taking a stroll on that site.

Sindoor
Credit: Google images

It is a pity that here in India many times we even don’t know what is being sold. Can anybody tell what are ingredients of a cheap type of Sindoor (red powder used by Indian ladies to fill the vermilion border). There have been so many reports here and there that at times it is contaminated with Lead. Same is the case with lip-sticks – cheap quality cosmetic products are sold even by road-side hawkers which are loaded with harmful chemicals.

It is quite worrying that majority of Indians use such products. I choose to keep mum about the branded products—there can be all sorts of arguments that  there are so many quality checks and stringent licencing requirements. I dont want to stir a hornet’s nest!

Even there are so many reactions to hair-colour products. Cheap quality stuff is freely available in market which they market as ‘herbal’ but its use –colours and hues it produces- tells an altogether story.

credit: google images

A few days ago i read in an English news daily that the Mehndi that indian women’s are very fond of is also coming in the form of Chemical Mehndi. It is the cause of a number of allergic reactions but no body seems to care as long as the colouring imparted to hands and forearms by it is great !

Here our lives seem to be coming with a different price tag — otherwise there won’t be so much difference – in the west, they know what they are using and what are the ingredients and there are warning and periodic recall of harmful stuff but here anybody can sell anything —only requirement is street smartness!

No cosmetic is the best cosmetic….after all, beauty needs no ornaments. Anybody listening? — definitely none of those millions of poor indian ladies who buy such products from road-side stalls and village shops.

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About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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