I recently read the book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, and I would recommend you read it too if you want to become educated about the business of beauty in America, especially with regard to its effect on women’s health.
Some of the questions raised in the book include:
Why do beauty companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer when they continue to include hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals in their products?
Why do products used by women of child-bearing age still contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?
A few scary facts the book addresses:
- How the EU has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics while the U.S. as banned just 10.
- How only 11% of chemicals used in cosmetics in the U.S. have been assessed for health and safety.
- How more than 70% of all beauty products may contain phthalates, which have been linked to birth defects and infertility.
- How many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane.
The author of this book is more than qualified to address the topic at hand. Stacy Malkan is the communications director of Health Care Without Harm and co-founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
You can get the book for as cheap as $6 on Amazon and it’s well worth a read.