Chemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products

Chemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products

In recent decades reproductive and developmental problems have become more prevalent—for example, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that male reproductive problems, including undescended testicles and hypospadias, doubled between 1970 and 1993beauty Environmental chemicals are strongly suspected to be contributing factorsbeauty Several recent reports highlight the presence of low-level concentrations of potential reproductive or developmental toxicants, particularly phthalates, in cosmetics and personal care productsbeauty A key question is whether these exposures are significant enough to cause harmbeauty

In June 2004, Environment California issued Growing Up Toxic: Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Diseases, which details chemicals found in consumer products and their potential health impactsbeauty Other reports released around the same time by the Environmental Working Group (Skin Deep: A Safety Assessment of Ingredients in Personal Care Products) and Friends of the Earth (Shop Till You Drop? Survey of High Street Retailers on Risky Chemicals in Products 2003–2004) support Environment California’s publicationbeauty

According to these three reports, makeup, shampoo, skin lotion, nail polish, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that lack safety databeautyMoreover, some of these chemicals have been linked in animal studies to male genital birth defects, decreased sperm counts, and altered pregnancy outcomesbeautyThere is no definitive evidence for the same effects in humans, but widespread exposure, primarily to phthalates, has been shown to occurbeauty

Phthalates, as key components in plastics, appear in many consumer productsbeauty The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spraybeauty Often, their presence is not noted on labelsbeauty

“The concerns that are focused around this particular chemical [class] have arisen from a series of tests and studies that have been released recently that point to significant potential health concerns,” says Sujatha Jahagirdar, an environmental advocate with Environment Californiabeauty For example, a population study conducted by the CDC and published in the March 2004 issue of EHP demonstrated that 97% of 2,540 individuals tested had been exposed to one or more phthalatesbeauty Another preliminary study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the July 2003 issue of EHP showed a correlation between urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and DNA damage in human spermbeauty However, exposure sources in this study were unknownbeauty

The personal care industry remains confident about phthalate safety, howeverbeauty The Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, an independent research group sponsored by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, published a detailed literature review in February 2003 that unequivocally states that current use of phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products is safebeauty Marian Stanley, manager of the Phthalate Esters Panel of the American Chemistry Council, says, “Some of these concerns [from environmental groups] are based on high-dose animal testingbeauty The exposure that we really see in people—and we have the CDC numbers to back that up—is remarkably lowbeauty To us, why bother getting rid of a highly useful product when there should be no concern?”

Therein lies the controversy—environmental groups view the CDC data as evidence of widespread exposure, whereas industry groups view it as evidence of low-level exposure that falls well below amounts shown to cause problems in animal studiesbeauty The environmental groups respond that although it may be low-level exposure, it is chronic low-level exposurebeauty Says Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the nonprofit Children’s Health Environmental Coalition: “In my view there is sufficient evidence to pique my concern, not only as a parent but as the executive director of this organization, to circulate this information directly to parents in a way that they can then make the healthiest decisionsbeauty

However, consumers cannot make such judgments without knowing the ingredients contained in the products they usebeauty “There are industry trade secrets and formulations that for industry reasons are kept from the consumer,” says Swordbeauty “This prevents the consumer from making fully informed decisionsbeauty

Environment California and the other environmental organizations hope to change that through consumer education and policy reform at the state and federal levelsbeauty “Environment California is pushing for a commonsense chemical policy that requires chemical manufacturers to test beauty beauty beauty their chemicals before they are released into the market and also provide the public with the tools that it needs to protect itself from potential dangerous impacts,” says Jahagirdarbeauty “Labeling is an extremely important and ethical thing for manufacturers to be doingbeauty

“I think a lot of this comes down to an individual’s acceptance of risk,” says Swordbeauty “[Each person’s] personal risk tolerance is differentbeauty I think what we as a society need to feel confident about is that adults will at least make better decisions if you give them a way to do so, particularly when the health of a child may be at risk from making a bad decisionbeauty


Toxic Beauty: Dangerous Chemicals Found In Your Makeup

Toxic Beauty: Dangerous Chemicals Found In Your Makeup

What Are The Hazardous Materials Found In Makeup?

It has always been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholderbeauty Sadly, using today’s makeup products beauty can come with some dangerous side effects from the chemical found in makeupbeauty
Toxins Hiding In Your Beauty Products 

With so much information available to the general public, one would think that the public would know more about the products that they buybeauty Tough economic times force the consumer to cut cost on products that they once spent a lot of money to ownbeauty The lack of money has also encouraged the manufactures of consumer goods to cut corners and quality of productsbeauty Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for and buying cheaper, less expensive beauty products and food may come with a very deadly price tagbeauty 

Beauty Begins In The Inside Of Your Body

The UbeautyS Government allows a scant amount of some pretty harsh chemicals in its makeup productsbeauty There are even worse hazards that can be found in our foodbeauty America is the only country that allows poisons in our personal care items and Genetically Modifies its food for human consumptionbeauty It is ironic with the rise of Acne and other skin conditions, may just be caused by the food that we eatbeauty

Read More: Are Your Cosmetics Toxic?
Genetically Modified Organizations Are Meeting Consumer Demand

Genetically Modified Organizations, GMO, are under attack due to the practice of increasing the production of foodbeauty Among many other topics, there are two topics that stand out and are widely discussed over internet:

Cows can now lactate at 6 weeks of agebeauty Biologically, calves should not be able to produce food until they are at least 6 months oldbeauty The milk consumed from these calves are infused with steroids, growth hormones, and antibioticsbeauty
Wheat used to make up the main stay of our diets: breads, pasta, flour, etcbeauty, has the DNA of weed killer implanted into genetically modified seedsbeauty 
Our bodies are not designed to break down the synthesized components that are now found in our foodsbeauty Evidence of the build up of these toxins in our bodies are becoming apparent:

Adult acne has become a problem: even in people that never had acne during puberty are now learning how to have clear skinbeauty
The body shapes of the younger generation are not normalbeauty And, also, the younger generation is showing signs of age at a very young age: it is odd to see a 15 year old with Crows Feetbeauty
It is best to use the most Organic products that you can find or provide it for yourselfbeauty Usually when a consumer learns about the contents found in the products that they buy most are genially shockedbeauty

5 Best Vitamins For Beautiful Skin

5 Best Vitamins For Beautiful Skin
Potent nutrients that deliver anti-aging right where you need it

Nourish your skin

Nourish your skin
You’re diligent about fruits, veggies, and multis, but your skin care routine is still missing vitaminsbeauty

Research shows that certain nutrients are essential for preventing and reversing many signs of skin agingbeauty A well-balanced diet is important, of course—eating a variety of healthy foods helps keep skin supple and glowingbeauty But the fact is, “the body delivers only a certain percentage of vitamins to your skin, no matter how much you ingest,” says Mary Lupo, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicinebeauty Plus, there’s no way to send them straight to your crow’s feet or brown spotsbeauty

The solution: Applying vitamins topically to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits—everything from improving texture and tone to fading under-eye circlesbeautyFollow this user’s guide to the letter, and soon your skin will look better than everbeauty

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1beauty Vitamin A for wrinkles
Best overall age-fighter

Find it in: OTC lotions, night creams (vitamin A derivatives are known as retinoids), and prescription products

Proven to: Reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughnessbeauty “There are more than 700 published studies on retinoids—they’re tried-and-true ingredientsbeauty Anyone who wants younger-looking skin should use one,” says Doris Day, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Centerbeauty

How to use: Apply your retinoid at night—sunlight inactivates most forms of vitamin Abeauty Prescription retinoids work fastest, within four to eight weeksbeauty The downside: They’re irritating, causing redness, scaling, and flaking that can last for weeks or longerbeauty OTC products are best for beginners; you’ll experience fewer skin care side effects because the retinol they contain is slowly converted to retinoic acid, the active ingredient in prescription creamsbeauty To avoid irritation, apply an OTC or prescription retinoid every second or third night, at least for the first two weeks, and build up to nightly usebeauty Apply sparingly; a pea-size amount is enough to cover your entire facebeauty

Try Drbeauty Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum ($85; amazonbeautycom) or RoC Multi-Correxion Night Treatment ($22beauty50; amazonbeautycom)beauty If your skin is sensitive, two new retinoids are particularly gentlebeauty Clinical studies show that retinyl propionate, available in Olay Professional Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment Anti-Aging ($15beauty50; amazonbeautycom), significantly improves skin after 12 weeks without being as drying as the more potent retinolbeauty Ready to trade up to an Rx retinoid? Ask about Atralin (about $150), which contains two potent anti-aging emollientsbeauty “Even my most sensitive patients are able to tolerate it,” says Drbeauty Daybeauty
2beauty Vitamin B3 for redness
Boosts hydration to reduce redness

Find it in: Lotions, creams, and serumsbeauty It’s often called niacinamide on the labelbeauty

Proven to: Increase production of ceramides and fatty acids, two key components of your skin’s outer protective barrierbeauty “As that barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out—making B3 a great ingredient if your complexion is dry or sensitive,” says Leslie Sbeauty Baumann, MD, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institutebeauty In one study, a moisturizer with niacinamide improved the flushing and blushing of rosacea, a common condition that can worsen with agebeauty Another B3 skin care benefit: It inhibits the transfer of pigment to skin cells, minimizing dark spotsbeauty

How to use: For maximum results, apply B3 vitamins in the morning and eveningbeauty To reduce irritation from your retinoid, use it in conjunction with niacinamidebeauty “Mix them together in the palm of your hand before applying—they won’t inactivate each other,” says Baumannbeauty Besides decreasing side effects, the combo produces superior anti-aging benefitsbeauty

Try La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Skin Perfecting Anti-Redness Moisturizer ($30; amazonbeautycom) or Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($20; amazonbeautycom)beauty
3beauty Vitamin C for spots
All-around anti-ager

Find it in: Moisturizers formulated to keep vitamin C stable (opaque, airtight containers are ideal)beauty Look for C near the middle of the ingredients panel to help ensure the 5% or higher concentration needed to see skin care benefits, advises Hema Sundaram, MD, a dermatologist in the Washington, DC, areabeauty

Proven to: Mop up the free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changesbeauty Vitamin C also helps smooth and firm skin and fade brown spotsbeauty In one study, women who treated sun-damaged skin with a C cream for six months saw significant improvement in fine lines and discolorationbeautyThough the benefits of retinoids (see vitamin A) and vitamin C sound similar, using both delivers more complexion perfectionbeauty “Skin aging occurs in various ways, so you need multiple forms of defense and repair,” says Drbeauty Lupobeauty

How to use: Apply vitamin C in the morning before sunscreen to shield your skin from any UV-generated free radicals that get by your sunblockbeauty 

Try SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex ($54; amazonbeautycom) or Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream ($16; amazonbeautycom)beauty These products contain ascorbic acid or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (the skin-friendliest forms of C) in combination with vitamin E (it’s listed as alpha-tocopherol or tocopherol acetate)beauty This duo provides 4 times more protection against free radicals when applied togetherbeauty
4beauty Vitamin E for moisture
Eases dryness and bolsters skin’s UV defense

Find it in: Sunscreens and after-sun productsbeauty The best anti-aging products contain at least 1% vitamin E, so it will be listed near the middle of the ingredients panelbeauty

Proven to: Quell dryness by helping skin retain its natural moisturizersbeauty Also, vitamin E’s potent ability to neutralize damaging free radicals has earned it the moniker “the protectorbeauty” A slew of skin care studies document its superstar statusbeauty In one, E significantly reduced the number of these unstable molecules created after exposure to cigarette smokebeauty Others show that when it’s used before UV exposure, skin is less red, swollen, and drybeauty

How to use: Apply before and after serious sun exposurebeauty A single strong blast of UV light can destroy half the skin’s natural supply of E, so shore up defenses by slathering on a sunscreen supplemented with E and C before going into the sun—the C helps ensure effectivenessbeauty An after-sun salve with E helps, too, says Oceanside, CA, dermatologist Jens Thiele, MD, PhD, a vitamin E expertbeauty Some studies show that the anti-inflammatory action kicks in to reduce damage even after you’ve been in the sunbeauty

Try L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Face Lotion SPF 50+ ($9; amazonbeautycom), MD Moms Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes SPF 30 ($26; amazonbeautycom), Clinique After-Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe ($26; amazonbeautycom), or Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion ($7; amazonbeautycom)beauty
5beauty Vitamin K for dark circles
For younger, brighter eyes

Find it in: Eye creams that also contain retinolbeauty

Proven to: Possibly help lighten under-eye circlesbeauty Fragile capillaries that allow blood to leak into skin are considered one cause of under-eye circles, and vitamin K (aka phytonadione) may put the skids on this seepage by controlling blood clottingbeauty Daily use of a K cream significantly lightened circles after 4 months in one study, but because the cream also contained retinol, researchers aren’t sure which ingredient deserves credit for the improvement—retinol alone thickens the translucent under-eye skin (making it harder to see the dark blood vessels below) and lightens melanin that makes circles more prominentbeauty Still, it can’t hurt to try a cream that contains vitamin K and retinol; according to Drbeauty Baumann, the retinol may enhance K’s ability to penetrate skin and knock out darknessbeauty

How to use: Apply nightlybeauty First allow skin to become acclimated to the retinol—use once or twice the first week, and add a night every week afterbeauty

Try NeoStrata Bionic Eye Cream ($62; amazonbeautycom), Quintessence Skin Science Clarifying Under-Eye Serum Capsules ($67; amazonbeautycom), or Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue Dark Circle Eye Treatments ($32; amazonbeautycom)beauty

Heaven Scent: How To Choose The Right Perfume

Heaven Scent: How To Choose The Right Perfume

Choosing Your Perfect Scent

If you’re in the market for a new scent, it can be tricky trying to find something that suits you – or that makes you feel happy! Are you fruity? Floral? Woody? Musky? Learn all about how to choose the perfect scent for you with these nifty tipsbeauty
Some people have signature scentsbeauty The smell of roses might instantly take you back to sitting at your mom’s dressing table when you were a little girl, while the smell of vanilla might make you think of baking with your grandmotherbeauty A woody scent might always remind you of your first boyfriend, and the scent of clean linen might always make you think of your husbandbeauty

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Some people wear the same scent, or type of scent, throughout their lives, and it becomes a part of their characterbeauty Choosing a signature scent that perfectly captures you and what you love – or choosing a fragrance for someone else that perfectly captures who they are – can be trickybeauty

Learn the secrets to choosing the perfect scent with these tipsbeauty
Fragrances 101: Scent Families

Before you can go perfume shopping, you need to get grips with some fragrance basics: scent familiesbeauty Scent families are certain groups of scents that all share similar characteristics, and generally, if you like a certain scent, it’s a good idea to choose another scent within that familybeauty

Some of the most common scent families are outlined in more detail below:

Floral/Sweet: Floral fragrances are amongst the most traditional fragrancesbeauty Think of a bouquet of flowers – rose, carnation, lavender, violet, or any other bloom that you can think ofbeauty Florals are very sweet and are ideal for wearing through the day and they’re instantly recognizablebeauty
Citrus/Fresh/Fruity: Fruity, fresh, citrus fragrances are bright, light, clean and invigoratingbeauty They might have notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, berries, apple, peach or even apricot and they’ll be really freshbeauty Great for daytimebeauty
Oriental/Spicy: Oriental fragrances tend to be deeper and muskier than florals and citruses, with vanilla, spices, amber, incense and muskbeauty They’re dark, sexy and mysterious
Woody/Chypre: Woody scents are more masculine but they can smell amazing on a woman toobeauty Scents belonging to the woody family include bergamot, patchouli and mossbeauty These scents are very earthy and intense, which makes them great for wearing in the eveningbeauty
Getting To Know Fragrance Notes

Fragrance notes are the different scents found in each fragrancebeauty Fragrance notes change over time, so the perfume you love in store might smell completely different when you get home – which is why it’s important to take a look at the fragrance notesbeauty

Top notes: The top notes are the scents you smell firstbeauty This is the scent that hits as soon as you spray the perfume, but it’s also the scent that dissipates most quickly – so even if you love this top note, it’s important to stick around and see if the middle notes and base notes are similar before you take the plungebeauty
Middle notes: The middle notes appear when the top notes disappear and they make up the majority of the fragrancebeauty Look for fragrances with middle notes that you lovebeauty
Base notes: The base notes are the scents that provide depth to the fragrance – they sort of “back up” the middle notes and appear 20-30 minutes after applicationbeauty

Chemicals found in ‘organic’ beauty products

Chemicals found in ‘organic’ beauty products

Consumers are being tricked into buying organic beauty products which actually contain chemicals found in antifreeze, floor cleaners and engine oil, campaigners warnbeauty
Woman applying face cream

Leading manufacturers, including Boots and Nivea, are misleading the public with their labelling, The Soil Association claimsbeauty
Some shampoos, creams and other toiletries being sold as organic, natural or inspired by nature actually contain chemicals which can have health implications, they saidbeauty
One product criticised was Nivea’s Pure And Natural hand cream, which is labelled as “95 per cent natural” but in fact contains methylisothiazolinone, a preservative which is also found in window and floor cleaners and air fresheners, the Daily Mail reportedbeauty
The Soil Association claims that the chemical could cause cancer and has been linked to nerve damagebeauty
Another product placed under the microscope was the Boots Botanics skin care range, which advertises itself as using the “power of plants”Tests showed that the facial oil – costing £9beauty99 and labelled as 100 per cent organic – contained at least four non-organic ingredientsbeauty
One brand accused of “misleading marketing” was US firm Organixbeauty Its brand name suggests that the products are natural but its coconut shampoo did not contain any organic ingredients, it was saidbeauty One component has been linked to cancerbeauty
The beauty company is not connected to the British baby food manufacturer of the same namebeauty
There are no legal restrictions on the labelling of organic beauty productsbeauty
However, there are voluntary certification schemes which require manufacturers to ban certain chemicals and use organically grown ingredientsbeauty
Peter Melchett, the Soil Association’s policy director, said that the industry is being undermined by those companies cutting corners and breaking the rulesbeauty
He called for an end to the deception, adding that it was “wrong” that people are putting chemicals found in anti-freeze, paint, oven cleaner and floor cleaner on their skin when they have paid for natural, organic productsbeauty
Nivea and Organix did not comment, whilst Boots said that any problems were related to labelling and not the productsbeauty
A spokesman said: “We would like to reassure our customers that the ingredients in the Botanics Organic Facial Oil support a 100 per cent organic claim and Trading Standards approve our processbeauty
“The ingredient list on the packaging may not make this clearbeauty We will look to rectify this immediatelybeauty

Why Should I Use Natural Cosmetics?

Why Should I Use Natural Cosmetics?

Making the Switch to Natural Cosmetics

Natural cosmetics are fast becoming a cult beauty buy, but are they worth the hype? Is natural always better? Or can synthetic products do the job too? Learn more about natural cosmetics and whether they’re good for your skin with this guidebeauty
Natural cosmetics are one of the latest must have beauty trends – and of course, we assume that natural products are made with entirely natural and organic ingredientsbeauty Often, if we see the words “organic” or “natural”, 

we automatically assume that the product is going to be much better for us than a synthetic product, and whilst that’s often the case, it’s important to look at the ingredients list too – as well as the packagingbeauty
Read More: Food On Your Face: Homemade Cosmetics
The packaging is simply designed to sell the product and according to Drbeauty Roberta Palestine, it’s often just hype – she says: “Natural isn’t always betterbeautySynthetic isn’t necessarily worsebeauty

So why should we use natural cosmetics? And are they really better for our skin?

Chemicals In Cosmetics

Cosmetics, for the most part, are made up of chemicalsbeauty Some of those chemicals occur naturally, whilst others are made in the labbeauty The reason why many people are making the switch from more traditional cosmetics towards “natural” cosmetics is because they want to steer clear of the chemicals in traditional cosmetics, like parabens, phthalates and petrochemicalsbeauty

Makeup companies and the Personal Care Products Council maintain that these ingredients are safe for use in cosmetics, consumer groups such as the Environmental Working Group have commissioned numerous studies that suggest consumers should steer clear of products that contain these productsbeauty But who should the consumers believe?

What Is Natural?

Natural doesn’t have a specific definition according to government guidelines – companies can call a product “natural”, even if it was made in the labbeauty
There are no regulations according to what natural products should contain and how they should be madebeauty However, things are a little different when it comes to the word organicbeauty Organic products should contain ingredients that are derived from organic sourcesbeauty This doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is completely natural, but it’s still a fairly good betbeauty

The Right Products For Your Skin

Generally, skin care experts agree that what matters most is choosing products for your skin type, rather than focussing on whether a product is natural or notbeautyThe best way to do this is to visit a dermatologist and ask for a patch test – this helps to pinpoint the specific chemicals that could cause problems with your skin and enables you to make the right choices for your skin care and cosmeticsbeauty

Patch tests are more expensive than they used to be, but getting one could save you years of skin problemsbeauty
It’s also a good idea to keep the list of ingredients that comes with the product you buy so that if it irritates you in the future, you can pinpoint which product or ingredient is causing your problemsbeauty

What chemicals are in beauty products?

What chemicals are in beauty products?

Concern: A neurotoxin that can lead to learning, language and behavioral problems such as lowered IQbeauty Young children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerablebeauty
Use: Color stabilizer
Where: Lipstick, hair conditioner, hair color for men, face paint for children
The FDA in 2012 found lead in 400 lipstick brands with Maybelline and L’Oreal having the highest contentbeauty Of the 400 lipsticks tested, 380 tested above 0beauty1 ppm, which is the FDA’s upper limit for lead in candybeauty The Maybelline and L’Oreal shades had 70 times more than thatbeauty

Concern: Carcinogen linked to several cancers, including leukemia
Use: Preservative
Where: Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives have been found in shampoos, body washes and baby productsbeauty Wet n Wild brand nail polish and some nail hardeners and eyelash glue contain formaldehydebeauty

What they are: a group of chemicals; the most widely used in beauty products are dibutyl and diethyl phthalatesbeauty
Concern: Phthalates act as a hormone disrupter, impacting the reproductive systembeauty Studies have connected phthalates to infertility, sperm production decrease, premature birth, obesity and birth defectsbeauty
FDA: “It’s not clear what effect, if any, phthalates have on healthbeauty
Use: To prevent nail polish from cracking, to keep hair products flexible after applied to hair, to hold the scent in perfume and as a solvent for oilsbeauty
Where: Fragrances, soaps, hand and body lotion, shampoos, sunscreen, hair spray, hair gel, hair mousse, deodorant, body wash and nail polishbeauty The Skin Deep database shows about 66 products with dibutyl phthalatesbeauty

Concern: Linked to changes in hormone levels and increased risk of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancersbeauty
FDA: “Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humansbeauty
Use: Preservative
Where: Antibacterial soap, body wash, shave gel, face wash, deodorant, mascara, blush, eye shadow, hand and foot cream, and about 17 types of Colgate toothpastebeauty Procter & Gamble, manufacturer of more than 50 beauty brands, pledged to remove triclosan from products by 2014beauty

Concern: Toxic to the human nervous system, potentially harming the reproductive and cardiovascular systemsbeauty
According to the FDA, mercury “can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young childrenbeauty The FDA warns “consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercurybeauty
Use: Preservative
Where: The FDA has restricted mercury in cosmetics, but it is still found in some brands of mascara, including the brand Love My Eyes, and skin-whitening productsbeauty It has been found in creams and soaps made in other countries and sold in the UbeautySbeauty beauty

L’Oréal Acquires Major Chinese Beauty Brand

L’Oréal Acquires Major Chinese Beauty Brand

In the early evenings after work, the locker room of Beijing’s Powerhouse gym is full of women of varying ages chatting, showering, and lathering on facial masksbeautyOne of my gym buddies, Athena Yang, an administrative assistant for Air China (753:HK), swears by various creams and gels sold by Magic Holdings (1633:HK), China’s largest facial-mask companybeauty Her favorite is the Magic Snail Cream Firming Hydrating Mask, which she says helps restore moisture during Beijing’s long dry wintersbeauty Sometimes she uses the Berry Brightening Facial Mask, which is supposed to lighten her skin tone to achieve the porcelain-doll complexion favored in parts of northern Chinabeauty

Athena’s fondness for skin-care products is hardly uniquebeauty Although she’s never revealed her brand loyalties, the 32-year-old megastar actress Fan Bingbing has said in multiple interviews that she applies two facial masks a day—that’s 700 a year—and often comes to the set of her movies or modeling shoots wearing a facial mask to maintain her snowy, unlined complexionbeauty

On Monday, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced its approval for Paris-based L’Oréal (OR:FP), the world’s leading cosmetics company, to acquire Magic Holdings for HK$6beauty54 billion ($840 million)beauty L’Oréal said in news release, “Facial masks are one of China’s beauty market’s fastest-growing areas, with very promising development prospectsbeauty

STORY: L’Oréal Tailors New Cosmetics for China’s Beauty Market
Building on Magic’s massive sales network of 288 distributors in 32 Chinese provinces and regions, the French company “intends to develop this Chinese brand by contributing its science-based expertise” to beauty formulasbeauty L’Oréal already has a research center in Shanghai and two manufacturing facilities in Suzhou and Yichang, as well as 3,500 employees in Chinabeauty

My gym buddy Athena finished two years of college and secured a steady desk job in Beijing, and consumers like her are expected to power the growth in China’s $34 billion beauty and personal care marketbeauty As Norman Chan, the Hong Kong-based head of investment at Calibre Asset Management, told Bloomberg News, “The faster-growing markets are the low- to mid-end, which the domestic companies would have a better foothold in” than foreign brands such as L’Oreal, which have previously focused largely on China’s most affluent shoppersbeauty

Anecdotally, it seems L’Oréal is onto somethingbeauty Athena gave up her chance to be a flight attendant—still considered a glamorous job in China—in part because an administrative job looked more stable, but also because the flight attendants she knew seemed to age prematurelybeauty “The air in airplanes is so dry and bad for your skin,” she told me

Get Clear, Clean Skin With Laser Treatments

Get Clear, Clean Skin With Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are fast growing in popularity amongst the anti-aging crowd, as they can completely alter skin texture, improving the suppleness, appearance and tone of skinbeauty Are laser treatments suitable for you? Learn more herebeauty
Laser resurfacing is a relatively new treatment that uses the heat from the laser to resurface the skinbeauty It can improve the appearance of everything from wrinkles to fine lines, stretch marks to scars and burns to acnebeauty

There are two types of laser resurfacing technique, and the technique used depends on the desired results and the existing skin complaintbeauty

The most commonly used technique is non-wounding (non-ablative), which means that skin doesn’t scab externally, tightening the deeper layers of skin and increasing collagen productionbeauty
The other technique is wounding or ablative resurfacing, which removes the top layers of skin, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skinbeauty Non-wounding resurfacing is less invasive and requires less downtime that wounding resurfacing, but it’s also generally considered to be less effectivebeauty Your doctor will discuss which treatment is more suitable for your skin complaint when you see them for a consultationbeauty

What Can Laser Treatments Do For Me?

Laser treatments can have a huge number of benefits for those with problem skin of all typesbeauty It can:

Remove (yes, that’s right – remove!) very fine lines and wrinkles
Reduce the appearance of fine lines, lines and even deeper wrinkles – although repeated treatments might be needed for wrinkles that are particularly deep
Tighten skin and reduce sagging, particularly in the areas around the sides of the mouth and underneath the chin, as well as the jowls
Smooth the appearance of skin, particularly rough skin that might develop through age, sun damage or during pregnancy
Even out the pigmentation of skin, if skin is an uneven color, or fade and reduce the appearance of sunspots and freckles
Treat some skin cancers, particularly the early skin cancers
Improve the look of a whole host of scarring issues, including stretch marks, general scars, burns, acne scarring and more
The laser can directed onto specific areas of skin, such as around the nose, around the lips, on the forehead and even around the eyesbeauty

How Does Non-Wounding Resurfacing Work?

During a non-wounding resurfacing treatment, the laser targets the dermis – the middle layer of skin – to heat it upbeauty The laser energy gets transferred into heat energy when it touches the skinbeauty During non-wounding treatment, the laser heats up the dermis, damaging itbeauty This heat damage encourages the growth of new skin, working deep below the surface of the skin to encourage the production of collagenbeauty Non-wounding resurfacing can improve the appearance of skin and is best for use on skin that is only somewhat damaged 

Homemade Hair and Beauty Products

Homemade Hair and Beauty Products

Grab some supplies from the kitchen and start making your own homemade hair products!
Homemade Hair Supplies
Hair and beauty supplies can get pretty expensive but we all want to look our best, right? So what do you do when you’re low on cash but still want to turn heads with your stunning locks? Why not try some home beauty remedies? They’re quick, easy and best of all, you’ll have most of the ingredients in your kitchenbeautyCheck ’em out!

Tomatoes and Your Hair

Many things can affect the tone and smell of your hairbeauty Whether it’s a green hue from too much chlorine or an overpowering stench from a run-in with a skunk, there’s one thing that will have your hair good as new in a matter of minutes – Tomatoesbeauty You can apply tomatoes to your hair in a variety of ways, tomato paste, sauce or even tomato juice should work wondersbeauty The acidity in the tomatoes helps to balance the Ph levels in your hair, bringing back its natural color and smell!
Lemons, Chamomile and Your Hair

Rinsing your hair with a mixture of water and lemon juice can help to lighten your hair colorbeauty This works best on already light hair (light brown and blonde) and can be enhanced if you leave the mixture in your hair and then head out into the sunbeauty Do not do this if you are worried about your hair going really light though! You can produce a similar effect by rinsing your hair with freshly brewed chamomile tea – just make sure it’s cooled down before pouring it onto your scalpbeauty
Coffee and Your Hair
To give brown hair a warmer glow, brew one strong cup of espresso and let cool completelybeauty Pour the coffee onto dry hair and leave it on for 20 minutesbeauty Now rinse it outbeauty Your hair should shine and glow like never beforebeauty
Egg and Your Hair
You may have heard that massaging a raw egg into you scalp and hair can help control dandruff and make your hair shinybeauty While eggs will probably give your locks a bit of extra sheen, they aren’t the cure-all for dandruff that peeps make them out to bebeauty If you want healthier looking hair, just keep up with your protein intake – hair growth and health depend on the protein levels in your bodybeauty
Homemade Hairspray for Your Hair
Chop one lemon into four piecesbeauty If you have dry hair, you can do the same with an orangebeauty Place the lemon or orange in a pot with 2 cups waterbeautyBoil until half of the initial amount of water remainsbeauty Cool, strain, and place in a spray bottlebeauty Store in the refrigeratorbeauty By adding one ounce of rubbing alcohol as a preservative the spray can be stored for up to two weeks un-refrigeratedbeauty If you find the hairspray is too sticky, just add more waterbeauty
Static and Your Hair
Most of us have experienced a day where our hair stands on end and there’s seems to be no cure for the attack of the killer static! Fear not my flyaway plagued friends – there’s no need to run out and buy those crazy-expensive flyaway remedies from the drug store or salonbeauty Just grab a dryer sheet (those sheets your mom tosses in the dryer to make your clothes softer), and rub it from your roots to your endsbeauty Voila! No more static flyaways