Risks of cosmetics and level of awareness of both genders in Libya
This study aimed to find out the level of awareness of the harmful effects of cosmetics in Libya. The study also included the effects of cosmetics on health. A structured questionnaire was the primary method used to collect the data and which were analyzed descriptively. The questionnaire was administered to a total of 500 participants of both sexes, chosen randomly in ten Libyan cities. The results showed that 1 % of the women were aware of the presence of toxic substances and carcinogens while 99 % were not aware of the harmful effects of cosmetics. The responses indicated a negative sign of the lack of awareness of the dangers of cosmetics among the citizens. Also, a survey revealed that the Ministries of Health and Education had failed to raise awareness and knowledge of the negative and harmful effects of cosmetics in the Libyan society. Therefore, we encourage the institutions concerned with monitoring and to note the exemption for their and others, and to inform them of the dangers of these products circulating in the Libyan markets, which pose a great danger to the health of the citizens.