We all already know that I practice clean eating. The food I eat is carefully selected and made sure that it is the most natural and organic. So if I make sure that I watch what I eat, it is only appropriate that I also make a conscious effort to watch what I put on my body (externally), correct? The bottom line is, when it comes to good living, what we put on our mouth is just as imporant as what we put on our skin.
This book is the reason behind it all. What piqued my curiosity was just the title alone, "No More Dirty Looks" and the tag line, "The truth behind your beauty products." I was sold before I could even read it. LOL! I know that atleast 90% of the beauty stuff I have in my bathroom (and probably some of you too!) are all toxic, expensive or not and I was about to find out the horrors of it all. After reading the authors, Siobhan and Alexandra's horrifying experience about Brazialian Blowouts, I started shaking my head with disbelief. So apparently the active ingredient they they use to make the hair shiny and soft is formaldehyde...say that again? It's a carcinogen, right? And that's the stuff they use to embalm people. It's kind of funny because a few days after reading this, my cousin was telling me about her hair stylist who just started offering this service in her salon for a fraction of a price (thank God I saved her from doing that,lol). I mean who doesn't want soft, shiny hair for days without having to wash it? Certainly me but not for that type of permanent fix. And not only that but a lot of our products including nail polish contain formaldehyde too. No wonder nail polish makes my nails all yellow after having them on for a while. Gross, right?
This book is really enlightening and truly an eye opener. It even digs deeper into the dangers and secrets of those giant cosmetics company. They don't really care for our health and so does the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) agency. And I hate to say this but La Mer and a cheaper brand contain the same toxic ingredients. You are only paying for the name and that stuff doesn't even work. LOL! Thank God I resisted on the urge of buying one.
The book gives you a complete listing of "blacklisted ingredients" to look for in buying cosmetics. It also suggests products that are safe and environmentally friendly. It even gives you recipes to try at home such as the at home mani and pedi (soak feet and hands on warm olive oil and milk for ten minutes:-)) Yes, I've tried that too!
So before I could go on and on about how great this book is, let me just say that if you care for your health and what goes into your skin, this book is a must read. Trust me, you don't need all that beauty products. You will be doing your skin a favor and once you get rid of all those toxic you put in your skin, you immediately start seeing results. You'll see the glow you've never had before. :-)