If you haven't heard of nanoparticles before, get ready, because they're getting big in the beauty world. Nanoparticles are actually teeny tiny particles that are made to penetrate and improve the effects of various cosmetic products. However, is this relatively new technology toxic? That's a topic of much debate these days. Because these types of particles, which are so minute, can pass through cells in the lungs and other organs rather easily, this raises much concern regarding their safety.
And now, in a very-ahead-of-the-game type move, Europe will require safety standards for cosmetic products that use nanotechnology beginning in 2012. "Everyday cosmetic products containing nanomaterials. . . will at last be subject to rules on authorization, safety testing and labeling," German Green Party member Hiltrud Breyer said. Kudos to Europe for your forward-thinking rules. I can't help but wonder when the U.S. will be next. Ahem, America?