Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health... and What You Can Do About It [NOOK Book]

Overview

Splashy ads and commercials for personal care products are everywhere we turn, promising to keep our appearances fresh and our partners satisfied.

But do consumers really know what they’re applying to their faces and bodies in their quests for youth and beauty? Do they know the health risks they’re taking by simply applying lipstick, face moisturizer or deodorant? Toxic cosmetics and personal care products clutter the shelves at retail stores ...
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Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health... and What You Can Do About It

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Overview

Splashy ads and commercials for personal care products are everywhere we turn, promising to keep our appearances fresh and our partners satisfied.

But do consumers really know what they’re applying to their faces and bodies in their quests for youth and beauty? Do they know the health risks they’re taking by simply applying lipstick, face moisturizer or deodorant? Toxic cosmetics and personal care products clutter the shelves at retail stores everywhere, and consumers don’t know the avoidable risks they’re taking by following a simple beauty regimen.

Written by Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, a founder and chairperson of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Toxic Beauty gives the lowdown on salon safety, health risks hiding in everyday products, how we put our children in danger and more. Toxic Beauty will also educate you and your family on easily implemented solutions through the use of a variety of positive alternatives.

Through the help of Dr. Epstein and Toxic Beauty, you can protect yourself from the possible long-term effects of a simple beauty product.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935251200
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 566,239
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Samuel S. Epstein, MD, is the professor emeritus of environmental and occupational medicine at the School of Public Health in Chicago. He is founder and chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and has been awarded the Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal. He is the author of Cancer-Gate and Unreasonable Risk and the coauthor of The Safe Shopper’s Bible. His televised appearances include 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, and the Today show. He lives in Chicago. Randall Fitzgerald is a journalist and the author of The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health. He lives in West Linn, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: Why You're at Risk 1

Part 1 How Our Products Got Toxic 13

Chapter 1 History's Beauty Industry Influences 15

Chapter 2 The Chemical Threat to Your Health 23

Chapter 3 Losing the Winnable Cancer War 41

Chapter 4 You Lost Your "Right to Know" 51

Part 2 Identifying Product Dangers 65

Chapter 5 Products Targeting Infants and Children 67

Chapter 6 Products Targeting Women 87

Chapter 7 Products Targeting Beauty and Nail Salons 105

Chapter 8 Products Targeting Sun Worshippers 121

Chapter 9 Products Targeting Youth Seekers 139

Chapter 10 Products Targeting Everyone 155

Part 3 Getting Us Out of Danger 171

Chapter 11 Reforming the Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Industry 173

Chapter 12 Two Healthy Trends in Your Future 189

Chapter 13 A Guide to Protecting You and Your Family 207

Appendix 1 Toxic Ingredients Tear-Out Sheet 217

Appendix 2 Resources for Your Health 221

Appendix 3 Industry Trade Associations and What They Conceal from You 223

Appendix 4 Badges of Honor 235

References 239

Acknowledgments 257

Index 261

About the Authors 281

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