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Understanding your label

Most symbols that are used on cosmetics are the same all over Europe. These are easy to understand and have the advantage that words don't have to be translated into a number of different languages.

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Packaging and the environment

This section highlights the issues surrounding packaging and seeing the impact of packaging across the supply chain.

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Sunscreens

Over-exposure to the sun can be harmful and the use of sunscreen is one part of "sun safe" behaviour. The good news is that by taking just a few simple precautions, you can enjoy the sunshine safely.

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The science behind cosmetics

Skin lightening products are cosmetics that change the pigments of melanin within our skin and have been controversial in the past. Find out about the history of these products.

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Media centre

Are you a journalist researching your latest article? Perhaps a student learning more about the industry. Our media centre helps you gain a wealth of knowledge of where the most useful information for you is.

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Your safety matters to us

Counterfeiting

Learn more about the counterfeiting of cosmetic products and how to recognise and avoid these potentially dangerous fake products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Key Advice and Facts

Thefactsabout is a great resource for learning more about the products we all use every day. However, you may have specific questions which we aim to answer in this section.

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CTPA Charter

Protecting us all at the beauty counter

CTPA, supported by British Retail Consortium (BRC), is working closely with manufacturers, distributors, retailers and beauty professionals to ensure safe practice in store and at beauty counters, so you can be confident that every precaution is being taken, based on sound scientific advice.

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