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In this thorough, practical guide, writer and registered nutrition specialist Gabriel (Clear Skin) recommends subjecting everyday cosmetics to the same scrutiny with which we subject our food: "each cosmetic chemical ends up in thousands of hungry mouths covering our skin-pores." Navigating labels is a true problem, because cosmetics come under no government regulation, unlike food and drugs; as such, skin products sold as "natural" or "organic" may contain numerous unsafe chemicals, with a few token ingredients to justify their claims. Gabriel provides a list of dangerous ingredients to watch out for (and why), identifies the safest products on the market (free from "synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives or detergents"), and takes readers step-by-step through cleansers, toners, facials, moisturizers, sunscreen, hair care and baby care. Her sophisticated daily regimen (two daily cleansings, exfoliation, toning, moisturizing and sun screen) may be too much for some readers, but those with the wherewithal will also find some useful, surprising tips for home-brewed cosmetics (eggs for masks, lemon and sour cream for exfoliants, organic mayonnaise for a moisturizer and foot mask). Though aimed at women, Gabriel also covers products used by men and children, including shaving cream, soap, shampoo and powders.
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Julie Gabriel is a registered nutrition specialist (RHN) educated at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She launched a series of workshops titled 'New Mom's Diet' in Toronto. She is in the process of launching her own organic skincare line called Petite Marie Organics. Julie has been writing and editing fashion and beauty for about 15 years. In 1992 she worked in production at CNN's Style with Elsa Klensch. She was the associate beauty editor in Harper's Bazaar (Eastern European editions, 1998-2000), beauty editor in Atmospheres (2001-2001) and has written over five hundred articles and features on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.See all Editorial Reviews
This book is so informative, great organic recipes, easy recipes. I refer to this book over and over. A must read if you want to create great healthy skincare.Published 2 months ago by SYLVIA MENDOZA
Amazing! Thank you for sharing a humongous amount of knowledge to non-medical folksPublished 5 months ago by Monika
While there is a great amount of information on ingredients and how to approach your skin care/beauty regimen in this book - as a few other people have already mentioned, there was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by BE
Liked this some much that this order was for a gift. Recipient was thrilled!Published 7 months ago by Susan
I tried the DIY color enhancer for brunettes that was featured in an article by Kara Baskin, which she had taken from this book "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by greybird