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Cosmetic animal testing could return to the UK

Cosmetic animal testing could return to the UK

A policy which banned animal testing for cosmetic products in 1998 could be reversed to verify the safety of popular ingredients in makeup and skincare. Animal testing has been considered a controversial practice since the 1960s. While it is generally accepted in global scientific research for the purpose of developing prescription...

Could bioengineered beauty help the industry’s sustainability problem?

Could bioengineered beauty help the industry’s sustainability problem?

Can lab-grown ingredients and biotech brands solve the industry’s sustainability problem? Though we may be a long way off from 3D printing ourselves a new face every morning, there’s no denying that a new era of skincare is upon us. Namely a super-natural world of beauty in which bioengineered products are the norm. This is thanks to an ever-evolving industry that continues finding new ways of harnessing science and tech to...

By London, UK
Could non-surgical cosmetic work become prescription-only?

Could non-surgical cosmetic work become prescription-only?

MPs have warned that the ‘complete absence’ of regulations for non-surgical cosmetic treatment is dangerous and must end, with a call for new rules to be introduced.  In February, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled that social media influencers were, by law, to disclose when using beauty filters to promote products. This was not enough to protect the self-esteem of impressionable young people, however. Thanks to lockdowns and a 'Zoom boom',...

By London, UK
Researchers discover ‘forever chemicals’ in beauty products

Researchers discover ‘forever chemicals’ in beauty products

Researchers have found signs of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that can cause lasting damage to health and the environment in more than half of 231 product samples. When shopping for cosmetics, it’s pretty standard to see a lengthy list of ingredients on almost every item, but a recent study has uncovered that some of those listed might be more dangerous than you’d expect. PFAS (which stands for per- and...

By London, UK
The fight to end hair discrimination

The fight to end hair discrimination

What’s being done to address the racist policies and unfair judgements targeting Black people for wearing their natural hair? With issues such as criminal justice reform currently dominating political discourse, confronting hair discrimination may seem inconsequential to some. What it represents, however, is another hurdle to overcome in our quest for racial and economic justice. Routinely, POC individuals are forced to internalise the messaging that Black hair and its protective styles...

By London, UK