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

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

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by Stacy Malkan

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The girls' guide to giving the cosmetics industry a makeover.See more details below


The girls' guide to giving the cosmetics industry a makeover.

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KLIATT - Nola Theiss
The author of this book does not paint a pretty picture of the almost totally unregulated cosmetics industry's use of dangerous chemicals. As a cofounder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Malkan uses her journalistic skills to expose the dangers of make-up, baby shampoo, deodorant, and other hundreds of "beauty" products we all use. How does she know that these chemicals are affecting us? By the statistical analysis of blood studies of babies and women, which often show dangerously high levels of chemicals like phthalates that can cause birth defects, cancer, and other diseases. Two of the biggest offenders are nail polish and lipstick. Malkan discusses the irony of cosmetics companies that sponsor campaigns against breast cancer using chemicals that may actually cause breast cancer, or their generous offers of beauty makeovers for cancer patients that may expose them to the same chemicals that may have led them to become ill in the first place. Much of the book urges action on the part of consumers and tells what people are doing to fight the use of chemicals in beauty products, including teenage girls who have organized the Teen Safe Cosmetics Campaign. Malkan includes a chapter on what we can all do to eliminate some of the dangers, even while we campaign our lawmakers to fight the $35-billion-dollar cosmetics industry. The book features extensive notes along with many b/w photographs and charts. Reviewer: Nola Theiss

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