Determining Korean Consumers’ Degree of Exposure to Lipstick and Face Creams

Nov 1, 2012 | Contact Author | By: Kwangsuk Joo, Ongsoo Kim, Heonsik Kim and Jeungyeun Yoon, Hyechon College; and Jeongrim Ahn, Junkee Jang and Jaeun Song, Cosmetic Association
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Title: Determining Korean Consumers’ Degree of Exposure to Lipstick and Face Creams
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Keywords: cosmetics | face cream | lipstick | exposure | risk assessment

Abstract: This study describes methods used in a Korean study to calculate consumer exposure to lipstick and face creams. The average amount applied daily was estimated and compared with data collected by weighing containers before and after use. The data collected was 1.8 to 1.6 times greater than the estimate, so although the survey represented real use patterns, the actual data was more accurate.

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Lipstick and face cream are widely used leave-on cosmetic products, and their continued contact on the skin and mucosa results in greater opportunity for absorption into the skin. Since cosmetic products are composed of chemicals, use of these products results in exposure to chemicals. Fortunately, the skin has a protective barrier but some product components may penetrate this barrier. For this reason, it is important to evaluate the exposure degree of cosmetic products, to know the safety as well as intrinsic hazard of their components.

Data on factors such as exposure conditions, the formulation or vehicle, and characteristics of the skin, which influence the percutaneous absorption of chemicals and exposure of consumer products, was published in 1993 by the European Center for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals,1 and in 1997 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).2 Further, studies regarding the exposure degree of cosmetic products have been made by Loretz et al.,3–5 for U.S. consumers, and by Hall et al.,6 for European consumers, but in Korea, no attempt had been made until now to establish the exposure degree of cosmetic products.

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This is an excerpt of an article from GCI Magazine. The full version can be found here.

 

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Table 1. User and nonuser rate of lipstick and face cream

Table 1. User and nonuser rate of lipstick and face cream according to age of Cosmobeauty attendees

Table 2. Duration of use for lipstick

Table 2. Duration of use for lipstick

Table 3. Duration of use for face cream

Table 3. Duration of use for face cream

Table 4. Frequency of use for lipstick

Table 4. Frequency of use for lipstick

Table 5. Frequency of use for face cream

Table 5. Frequency of use for face cream

Table 6. Estimated amount of lipstick used (mg)

Table 6. Estimated amount of lipstick used (mg)

Table 7. Estimated amount of face cream used (g)

Table 7. Estimated amount of face cream used (g)

Table 8. Actual amount of lipstick used (mg)

Table 8. Actual amount of lipstick used (mg)

Table 9. Actual amount of face cream used (g)

Table 9. Actual amount of face cream used (g)

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