Health Canada's Cosmetics Program has the mandate to protect the health of Canadians by minimizing the risk associated with the use of cosmetics marketed in Canada.
The program defines and communicates requirements for the manufacture, labelling, distribution and sale of cosmetics, and evaluates compliance.
Enforcement is overseen by Product Safety Officers who manage inspections, investigations, seizures, recalls and prosecutions from the regional offices.
The basis for the regulatory authority for the Cosmetics Program comes from the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations.
Cosmetics are defined as "any substance or mixture of substances, manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth and includes deodorants and perfumes.
" This definition also includes cosmetics used by professional esthetic services, as well as bulk institutional products (e.g. handsoap in school restrooms).
Some products that appear to be a cosmetic may actually be regulated by other programs in Health Canada:
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I mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a dab each of hydrocortisone and Neosporin and put the mixture in the fridge for about an hour,” Nazarian said to Oprah Magazine. “After it's cold, I apply a small amount to a pimple with a dab of Vaseline on top to enhance penetration.” Turmeric Butter Combo
Debbie Palmer, DO
She jumps. I do 20 jumping jacks before putting on my makeup in the morning. Doing the jumping jacks gets circulation revved up, which circulates oxygen to every part of your body including your skin—giving your face a healthy flush. (I do this regularly throughout the day, when I'm able, to keep my skin glowing.)
She's big on bacteria. If you know you have a big event or meeting coming up and don't want to be surprised with a breakout, add probiotics (i.e., beneficial bacteria) to your diet at least two weeks (or even longer) before. Research has shown that acne can be a result of inflammation in the body, and that probiotics—found in yogurt, kefir and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as in supplements—have anti-inflammatory qualities.
She keeps this cooking essential handy. I soak my hands in extra-virgin olive oil any chance I get. Being a doctor, I wash my hands a lot, which can dry out skin. Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet because it's chock-full of healthy fats and antioxidants. Olive oil is also an emollient, which means it helps to soften and smooth dry, rough skin and helps to prevent water loss from the skin—which is why it's the perfect treatment for dry hands (it works for dry feet, too!). After soaking, I carefully wipe off excess oil with a soft paper towel—and put on "spa" gloves (which help keep moisture in) if I'm heading to bed. By morning, my hands are supersoft.
Dr. Palmer is a dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of New York in Harrison, NY.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health_wellness/surprising-things-dermatologists-do-to-their-skin/all#ixzz5X7TEHfVJ
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