Know your ingredients: Sit down with a bottle of your favorite shampoo or body product and visit this website. After you learn about the true effects of the ingredients in your personal care products, you may clean out your entire house. Remember, 80% of what you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Keep up to date on how the large commercial consumer products companies are faring in the tricky waters of toxic ingredients in your skin care products. You'll be amazed at how bad it still is. http://www.safecosmetics.org
While science can't explain everything, e.g. the placebo effect, it does provide a system of consistent testing not found elsewhere. One of our favorite websites for reliable information regarding the spurious and unsubstantiated claims of pseudoscience can be found here... http://www.quackwatch.com
All articles cited below are available in PDF format from this website.
Here's a handy guide to help make smarter choices for all personal care products. These are the top ingredients that are toxic to almost everything on the face of the earth. The Dirty Dozen ingredient guide is available to download here.
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A New Yorker Magazine article about expensive face creams concludes that no face cream reduces wrinkles, period. Even the researchers who invented these concoctions admit to the lack of efficacy. Price is only about exotic ingredients rather than effectiveness. The best way to minimize the signs of aging is to make healthy lifestyle choices. Let's face it (sic), the only cure for aging is death. Click on the photo to download and view the article.
Guess what? That anti-bacteria gel that you use on your hands doesn't do much at all to remove germs. Even the government scientists know this, which is why we see the recent 'wash your hands' campaign plastered in most public restrooms.
Read all about it in the study from the University of North Carolina Medical School. The only thing that effectively removes germs from your hands is the mechanical action of washing with soap and water. Think about it, would you want your medical professionals to scrub only with sanitizing gel? We don't think so...
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Helpful Books available from Amazon.com:
A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Ed. by Ruth Winter
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan