When I found my first gray hair as a 20-something, I was in shock. I wasn’t even old enough to rent a car in most states, but there, against my espresso brown strands was a gray hair that could be spotted from miles away. Of course I thought, if someone handed me a pill to rid myself of these aging grays, I would swallow it instantly, no questions asked. So imagine my delight when I heard that L’Oreal is developing that very pill with plans to release it around 2015.
Here’s the thing–drugs that work to enhance your appearance are by no means new. But with the long approval process these drugs go through, many are beginning to second-guess the process.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluate these types of “cosmetic drugs” in the same way as medical drugs. A drug that is used to treat heart disease or cancer undergoes the same process as one to lengthen eyelashes. This is to ensure safety no matter what the substance is. So here’s the question, should we be prioritizing the medical drugs? Does the FDA need to re-evaluate their system? What do you think?