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Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

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Have you read Not Just a Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan yet?  If you’re reading my blog, I know you have at least a minimal interest in skin care products that aren’t harmful to you.  And if you have that interest, you’ll probably enjoy this book.

Stacy Malkan is the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  This book reveals the evolution of the Campaign and describes how the organizers have pushed forward.  What is their mandate?  “To protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products”

It is part of a larger call to action regarding all of the chemicals used in the products we use daily.

The Campaign is based on fact.  Ms. Malkan references studies that show the number of chemicals in people’s bodies.  It is no longer a question of whether or not you personally use a certain chemical.  Rather, the book suggests that, if it is used at all, you will find it in your body.  She talks about everything from Pinkwashing to the large cosmetic companies that have chosen not to remove known toxic chemicals from their products.

So, what you should you do about all of this?  I took a few tips out of the book:

a)      Read the ingredient labels and make smart choices

b)      Opt for products that have fewer ingredients and simpler ones.

c)       Check out your favourite products on the Skin Deep site.  That will help you understand how safe the product might be.

d)      Tell your friends and spread the word.

As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was informative and easy to read.  Most importantly, it made me think about the products I use each day.

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One thought on “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

  1. Pingback: The Most Common Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics « Au Naturel Essence

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