Beauty is more than skin deep, but cosmetic products shouldn't be!
by Dr Qasim Chaudhry, Vice-chair of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety and Chair of the Working Group on nanomaterials in cosmetic products
Recently the European Commission asked its independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) to provide an Opinion on the safety of the nanoforms of Silica, Hydrated Silica, and surface modified silicas such as Silica Silylate and Silica Dimethyl Silylate. These nanomaterials are used in leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic products for the hair, skin, lips, face, and nails.
The Commission calls on the SCCS whenever there are concerns about health and safety risks concerning non-food consumer products, including cosmetics and their ingredients. Any use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products is regula