With the rise of online shopping, counterfeiters in the cosmetic industry have been able to expand their customer base, including selling fake cosmetics. The FBI has recently issued a warning about counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances increasingly coming into the United States. Although it may initially seem like a bargain to consumers, counterfeit cosmetics can pose a serious health risk. Industry studies and tests have revealed that fake cosmetics often contain dangerous ingredients such as arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium as well as unsafe levels of bacteria. Many counterfeiters also are dealing cosmetics that have not been manufactured with solid GMP’s and FDA guidelines.
To ensure that consumers are getting authentic cosmetics, they should always buy from authorized retailers and avoid purchasing cosmetics at flea markets, street vendors, individuals, mall kiosks, or online auction sites. Other indicators of fake cosmetics include:
- Packaging that differs slightly from the authentic brand
- The product is advertised as limited-edition even though the authentic manufacturer doesn’t offer it as a limited edition
- The price is lower than its normal cost
- The cosmetics’ consistency or texture doesn’t look or feel like the authentic brand
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