Cosmetics cannot be missed in daily life. People will need cosmetics from waking up to returning to bed. Every day cosmetics are used by people.
When taking a shower, for example, at least three types of cosmetic products are used, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, proceed with skin caring by applying body lotion, face cream, and perfume. Women particularly, powder and lipstick are things that may not be skipped when leaving the house.
Since cosmetics are used almost in everyday life, considering to buy and apply halal cosmetics is a must. However, public awareness about halal cosmetics is inferior to halal food. Muslim consumers thought that halal food is important since it is directly consumed and digested in the body. This makes most people very cautious. Meanwhile, cosmetics that are considered non-food and not to be consumed directly makes most Muslims are not considering this as crucial as food halalness. In fact, cosmetics are applied and sticked directly with the skin. There are at least four main reasons why cosmetics need to be halal certified.
“Cosmetics are used daily, so they stick to the skin and will be carried away while performing shalat. Every Muslim must be free from uncleanness whenever they praying. Then, how if the cosmetics sticked on our skin are impure? This means that prayer becomes invalid as there is something haram sticked to the body,” explained Ir. Muti Arintawati M.Sc., Deputy Director of LPPOM MUI.
Some people argue that cosmetics can be washed or released by rinse it with water during wudhu’. Unfortunately, the limbs that are washed in ablution are limited. As an example, body lotion is used in almost all parts of the body. Of course, not all parts that are applied with body lotion are cleaned by merely performing wudhu’.
It cannot be denied that there are cosmetics that contain haram ingredients. Haram itself needs to be classified. If it is classified as mildly haram, then it can be cleaned by wudu’ or to wash it with water but if it is not, then it cannot be washed by the water.
“In addition, do not apply cosmetics that make the limbs cannot penetrate the water since we are Muslim needs to praying and performing wudhu’. If the water cannot absorb into the skin, our wudu’ is invalid,” explained Muti.
It will be difficult to identify which cosmetic is halal and needs further testing to ensure that all cosmetic ingredients are safe and lawful to use. The halal certification process ensures the ingredients in a cosmetic product is safe and halal. Therefore, MUI labelled halal products are the wisest alternative in choosing cosmetics. (YN)
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