Every day, most of us use cosmetics and personal care products like shampoo, shaving cream and lipstick. Health Canada's goal is to make sure the cosmetic products you use are safe and that you know how to use them properly.
If you have any questions about cosmetic products, contact your closest Regional Product Safety Office.
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Advertising, labelling and ingredients
Claims on a label or in an ad for what a cosmetic can do must be accurate so they do not mislead people.
Cosmetics and safety
Every day, most of us use products like skin cream, aftershave lotion and baby shampoo. Most cosmetics are safe, but they can sometimes cause health problems.
Eye cosmetics must meet the same safety and clean manufacturing requirements as other cosmetics. However, part of the responsibility for cosmetics safety belongs to you, the individual consumer.
Internet myths and rumours about cosmetics
Incorrect information can be dangerous, so it is important to determine if the information you have is factual and reliable.
Health Canada regulates cosmetics under the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations, to make sure they are safe to use and to reduce health risks to Canadians.
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What is a cosmetic?
A "cosmetic" is any substance used to clean, improve or change the complexion, skin, hair, nails or teeth.
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