“Keeping Up With Kongress”

Hey. Hi. Hello! This Makeup Monday is coming to you on a Tuesday because I’ve been recovering from both a terrible illness and seeing Avengers: Infinity War so I really just needed all sorts of a break yesterday. So yes, this week you’re getting a Makeup Tuesday post, get over it.

This past week I’ve had no less than six people send me a link to a certain article. You might have guessed from the title of this post, and the featured image, exactly what article I’m talking about. But, in case you were like me and trapped under the covers this past week, I’ll give you a free pass and fill you in.

Released on April 24th, 2018 by Ashley Weatherford for The Cut, an article was put out titled “Keeping up with Kongress; Kourtney Kardashian Went to D.C. to Advocate for Safer Beauty Products.” I’ll link the full artcile at the end of this post for you to read, but basically I wanted to take this Tuesday to summarize the main points and talk about the implications that this support may have on the cosmetics industry.

Basically, the reason Kourtney was there was to discuss the “Personal Care Products Safety Act,” a bill authored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins. This is a revolutionary bill beacuse its basically the first time in 80 years that Congress has passed any sort of comsetics legistlation. This bill hopes to, “…extend the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight power within ghe cosmetics industry.”

Currently the FDA doesn’t need to have a huge hand in the regulatory process of cosmetics. One example the article notes is, “…beauty companies aren’t required to share product ingredients list with the FDA. Furthermore, the FDA lacks the authority to recall faulty or harmful cosmetics from the market.”

This bill is supported by both Congressional parties, and many major cosmetic companies, such as Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, and Procter & Gamble among many others. Having the support of a member of arguably one of the most influential families (whether you like them or not) has definitely got to big deciding factor for many of the brands lending their voice, or on the fence for supporting this bill.

Now, what are my thoughts on this whole thing (if any of you care)? Well, I’m not one of those people who obsess over the Kardashians, but I certainly applaud anyone who utilizies their platform for something good. With an increased access to information through the internet, more and more consumers are becoming informed about what ingredients go into products they like, and the impact, whether good or bad, it has on them and their health, and even the environment at large. Still, it seems as if informed consumers alone aren’t enough to cause immediate action.

Having someone like Kourtney Kardashian lobby her support for this bill causes an increase in news outlets picking up the story, and thus puts this bill into mainstream media for more individuals to learn about. Thus, there will *hopefully* be more preesure for this bill to passed, which also doesn’t seem to be a huge issue in terms of opposition.

There’s really no signs of what increased FDA oversight will look like in terms of the future of cosmetics, but we can only expect that it’ll be better. I’ve already talked about at the beginning of the year the idea of better package regulation under this bill, but maybe now we can also expect better transparency in terms of ingredients, especially when it comes to harsh chemicals like parabens, and sodium-lauryl sulfates etc.

If you’re looking to learn more about these things, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have an App called EWG Skin Deep that rates beauty products by examining their ingredients, to help consumers better understand what their favorite products may be doing to their skin. Some companies are also doing more with in-house regulations to help consumers better identify vegan products, or products free of certain harmful chemicals. So, here’s to looking at a brighter and healthier future for cosmetics and until next time, xoxo.

Quotes and images utilized in this post are thanks to the original article, posted by Ashley Weatherford, which can be found below.



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