The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Association (BSTI) has suspended eight whitening creams from foreign brands. Although these brands are late, it is a very positive move. Due to its high mercury and hydroquinone content, well above accepted limits, the product was declared unsuitable for sale in the country. But why BSTI's punitive measures are limited to stoppages means that it is a bit confusing to impose temporary injunctions rather than permanent ones. Although the acceptable mercury content of any brand of cream is 1.0 parts per million (ppm) / s, the suspended cream (eight in Pakistan) has a mercury content of 590 to 948 ppm. The lowest ppm in the brand is 193.68. The hydroquinone contents of the two brands in 1980 are given. 68 ppm and 434.73 ppm.
As long as it contains mercury, it doesn't matter if other brands of creams contain hydroquinone. The harmful effects of mercury are sufficient to ban the use of these products. In fact, the idea of an artificial method of tinkering with natural colors stems from racism. People are born dark or black, brown, olive and white. Trying to turn a dark person into a white person is futile. The most important thing is to emit light. No artificial substance can emit this natural light. If a person maintains good health in a healthy body, then even the light emitted by black people will defeat the sense of fairness that fades. Well, thick makeup can temporarily give someone a makeup look, but it costs a lot of money and the skin's natural color.
Before factory-made whitening creams hit the market, mature traditional methods have been used around the world to keep skin fresh. Local and multinational companies now spend millions of dollars on advertising because they produce products based on traditional knowledge and natural ingredients, so they claim their brand is special. When even the top brands on the market claim this, slipping between the cup and lips. These ads are less educated, but the audience is vulnerable, especially girls and women.
There is no doubt that the perception of color in society is the culprit. Blacklisted brands are just some beauty products that have proven to be harmful to the human body. Nail polish, lipstick, lip balm, eyeliner, mascara, shampoo, shower gel, aftershave and even hand sanitizer contain too many chemical components, which may cause diseases such as rash and even skin cancer. Consumerism was pushed to a bold level, bombarding information among consumers, which often made them inferior. I can't understand why foreign beauty products are better than local products. Here, at least some well-known brands are unlikely to contain harmful substances. Shopping online may be responsible for promoting harmful products. This is a new area that must be regulated.
news reference: https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/editorial/concern-over-harmful-beauty-product-1583337753