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No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products-and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics Paperback – July 13, 2010
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“No More Dirty Looks can save you from many toxic ingredients in cosmetics. Authors O’Connor and Spunt open a wide window to a world where personal care products and safety can co-exist and give you a better result with less pain and danger. The book reads as if the authors are talking with your body—from head to toe.”
Jenny McCarthy, author, actress and activist
“As a mom concerned about my own health and that of my child, I consider No More Dirty Looks essential reading.”
“This book is a wake-up call for all women who think that what you put on your body is not going to hurt you. O’Connor and Spunt offer an in-depth glimpse into the dangers lurking within the beauty industry, in a quick and engaging read that is tough to put down. No More Dirty Looks will arm consumers with knowledge, opening their eyes to products they should avoid and safer, healthier alternatives. Every woman I know is getting a copy.”
Eric Schlosser, bestselling author of Fast Food Nation
“When it comes to good health, what you put on your skin can be as important as what you put in your mouth. Here’s a useful book to help you look better and feel better—without poisoning yourself.”
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, New York Times-bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan
“I loved this book! No More Dirty Looks is a fabulous and enlightening guide to the cleanest skin, body and hair care products. It belongs in every woman’s library and should be required reading for all skin and hair professionals!”
About the Author
Alexandra Spunt is a freelance journalist and the former brand director at American Apparel. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I love the author's realistic point of views and prioritizing. They aren't trying to get you to throw every cosmetic you currently own in the trash-- instead I felt like I was handed all the information I needed to make informed decisions from now onward.
Cosmetics are a touchy subject with me. I have cystic acne and unruly hair... exactly the kind of girl that is convinced by the beauty industry that I need industrial strength chemicals to smooth down, lighten and cleanse my flaws. In many ways I was probably doing more harm then good. I haven't thrown everything I own out the window but I am experimenting and simplifying at the same time. How wonderful is it that I can oil cleanse with jojoba oil and then add a drop of two of aloe gel and tea tree oil to the mix and use it as a moisturizer? This is so much better then rotating in and out expensive cleansers, toners, treatments and moisturizers that were not doing me any good or any favors to my overall health....
I don't want to go into too many more details. I am sure you could get much more eloquent information from the authors' blog, but I think every woman (and man for that matter!) should read this. Its revolutionary and its about time we all make informed votes with our dollars.
After the assurances and then abrupt reversal of the government's stance on BPA safety, among the other chemical shockers that have come out in recent years (lead and cadmium in children's toys and trinkets, melamine in milk products and pet food, unsafe prescription drug recalls, etc.) I've realized how much I've abdicated my own safety to big companies who don't care about me and would never be ordered to compensate me for damage to my health in a way that would benefit me or society.
I've also worked as a hairdresser/cosmetologist in the past and still occasionally lend my services to family and friends. It hurts me since I've always prided myself on being informed and being right, that I've been HURTING THE PEOPLE I LOVE because I've trusted beauty companies to make products that are safe for me to apply to others.
When I read this book, I did it with a heavy heart, afraid of exactly what I found out. I had been hoodwinked, smoke screened and tricked. I had been used for my money but the real cost has been my true beauty and possibly that of my friends, family and (at the point I was doing it for a living) my clients. The hardest part about reading this book was admitting that I was wrong, had been wrong, and had been HELPING SPREAD THE WRONGNESS. I had been an agent of the enemy and had done so with a willing heart. Ouch.
If you don't believe how upsetting this is, I'll give you a personal confession that wounds me deeply to admit. When I was fourteen years old (when I started using products to illuminate my beauty instead of just clean my body), I noticed with alarm that I had dark, whisker-like hairs on my neck. I started tweezing them immediately and have been doing so nearly daily ever since. They have spread up my chin and jawline and down to my chest and as I tried more and more products to become the beauty that magazines promised I could be. Tweezing unwanted hairs and other methods of removal have been the biggest time-suck of my beauty routine. Now I am 90% sure that all those products I have slathered and soaked in, rubbed on and sloughed off have greatly contributed (if not caused) the clear hormonal imbalance in my hair follicles. I have caused my own embarrassment and (let's face it) degradation because I had abdicated my responsibility for keeping my body safe to beauty companies with much larger advertising budgets than consciences. I DID THIS TO MYSELF AND ONLY I CAN PAY THE PRICE FOR MY MISTAKES.
Don't be afraid of reading this book because it's going to change your life. I know; it's scary. But you will never regret being responsible for your own flesh. Only you can pay the price, so we must demand information from our cosmetics so we can make informed decisions about what we are willing to risk and what we are not. I don't know about you, but I've never said "D@mn it, I wish I wasn't educated."