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The FDA has found high levels of the cancer- causing 1,4-dioxane in cosmetic raw materials and finished products, such as shampoo.


CTFA-supported draft proposals to ease the process of cosmetic manufacturers obtaining safe use determinations under California's Proposition 65 are expected in 2002.

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A population-based case-control study by the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, found women who use hair dyes at least once a month experience more than twice the risk of developing bladder cancer. Occupational exposure for hairdressers increases the risk 5-fold.

A bundle of bills have been introduced in the New York Legislature which  would ban animal testing for cosmetics using the Draize method and require labeling any product which has been tested on animals. Two other bills would strengthen the regulation of toxic chemicals used in nail salons.

A recent report by Adina Barnett, plastic surgery medical aesthetician at the University of Alabama confirms the effectiveness of homemade skincare products. According to Barnett, facial masks made from milk, oatmeal, tomatoes and other foods can cleanse, exfoliate and tone the skin.

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What's really in your cosmetics?

We primp, we perm, we powder - without blinking a mascara-lined eye. Yet, what we don’t know really can hurt us. Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics exposes the carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, allergens and irritants commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products and offers readers healthy alternatives. Packed with easy and affordable formulas for making your own cosmetics – and shopping lists of safe beauty products – Drop Dead Gorgeous is a one-stop shop for naturally healthy beauty.


What the experts say:

"Erickson must be congratulated on having written a superb and up-to-date book which should grace the homes of all Americans. This book should be a best seller."

Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., professor emeritus environmental and occupational medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago

“Increasing numbers of consumers are making natural methods a part of their lifestyle and are looking for dependable guidance on safe and effective practices. Your book promises to provide valuable information to consumers and be an important tool to help them make natural choices to protect their health.”

Susan Haeger, President/CEO Citizens for Health

“Drop Dead Gorgeous is a book that will finally alert the public to the harm they do to themselves and future generations by using seemingly harmless cosmetics.”

Dave DeRosa, Solvent Specialist, Greenpeace Toxics Campaign

"A good read. Well written and informative, Drop Dead Gorgeous is a unique eye-opener."

Joseph Coffineau, M.D., Nat'l. Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation

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A pplied topically, flaxseed oil acts as an emollient which boasts skin-friendly zinc and the B vitamins. Better yet, the alpha-linoleic acids (ALAs) found in flaxseed oil may contribute to younger looking skin. In vitro and in vivo studies conducted by Kobe University School of Medicine, Japan, found that melanin, the stuff responsible for age spots and freckles, was inhibited by topical ALAs. The research also found that ALAs speed up the turnover of dead skin cells, leaving a canvas of healthy, glowing skin.

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