Beauty products are supposed to do great things for our skin, but the scary truth is that many of them expose us to harmful chemicals that can be absorbed through our skin.
A new tell-all book by journalists Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt blows the lid off unhealthy cosmetics. But it’s not just gloom and doom. No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics shares insider secrets from scientists and dermatologists, plus it lists Siobhan and Alexandra’s choices for the best clean cosmetics, hair care, and skin care products (one of them is an upcoming Grommet, so stay tuned).
No More Dirty Looks is a great resource. Siobhan and Alexandra are informative without being preachy. We had a chance to ask them a few questions of our own, and here’s what they had to say:
This can be overwhelming for people — and upsetting, as well. You want to feel like the products you buy are safe, when the majority are not. What should people start with, to see the biggest difference? Body lotion?
Don't we know it! We found it very upsetting to learn that the products we trusted were potentially unsafe, but that's also why we wrote an essentially upbeat book. We LOVE our products now, and we want to make the transition easy, beautifying and fun for other women. We think the book helps with the transition, because it's arranged by body part/product category. We say start slow, replace things as you run out of them, and keep in mind that things you use daily, and over a large surface area -- such as a shampoo, facial sunscreen, and body lotion – should be among the first to go.
What do you say to people who try one of the products that you recommend and they don’t see a difference in their skin care?
We've had pretty happy responses so far, we have to say! But as with anything, we think you need to find what works for you. I love pure organic argan oil from Kahina, and believe it has completely changed my skin. Some people don't want to put oils on their faces, but really love fancy creams from Tata Harper, or Evan Healy. The trick, as with anything, is managing expectations. We can't expect a bottle of anything to make us look 10 years younger, but we can expect more manageable, balanced, calm and hydrated skin, and that can make a huge difference in our appearance and in how we feel!
We’re curious: Why are some of the top brands not included, like Perricone, La Mer & Arbonne?
We were very strict when it came to ingredients and we only recommended products with really clean lists. We don't name names in the book, because the truth is most mainstream lines all use the same ingredients—variations on a theme. We think you can get more bang for your buck using organic, clean lines instead.
You can also visit their website nomoredirtylooks.com.
If you would like to win a copy of No More Dirty Looks, simply leave a comment on this post. We will randomly select two winners.
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