Are Any Self Tanners Actually Safe? Making Sense of the New Research About DHA

Fans of fake tans may want to sit down for this. Dihydroxyacetone—that’s DHA to you— which is the active ingredient in self-tanners (even clean ones) and spray tans (none of which are clean) “has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage,” according to a panel of scientists in an investigation done by ABC News. Now before you run to the bathroom and ditch your Chocolate Sun, let’s take a closer look at... Read More

To Highlight Or Not To Highlight?

Here we go again. Ever since Siobhan asked how everyone’s preparing for the heat, my brain’s been on a one track loop that goes: highlights highlights highlights… It’s a serious conundrum for a clean girl this whole hair dye thing, one we’ve talked about here and here and here (and about ten other places). There are many reasons not to do it of course. Par example, much like nail polish, there’s just no such... Read More

How to Avoid Formaldehyde In Beauty Products (Expecially Now That the Government Has Admitted It’s a Carcinogen)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added eight new substances to its carcinogen list, and guess what made the cut? Our old friend formaldehyde. This doesn’t mean the cosmetics industry has to (or will) stop using the substance in its products, though, so here’s a primer that we hope you’ll share widely, on how to avoid that ghastly, terrible, no good, very bad thing. As a reminder, formaldehyde is used in some... Read More

Pediatricians Say We Need Stricter Chemical Laws (And We Agree!)

Good morning! Is it overcast and dreary where you are too? This might brighten your spirits: In a big, bold move, the American Academy of Pediatrics is saying the U.S. is failing to protect kids from toxic chemicals. From the wires: “Children are not little adults,” Paulson, of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., told Reuters Health. “Their bodies are different and their behaviors are different. That... Read More

Cetaphil: Why the Popular Cleanser Isn’t Doing Your Skin Any Favors

Below is a post from Well+GoodNYC, a web site devoted to beauty, health, wellness in its many forms that we absolutely love. Founded by journalists Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue, W+G has become a go-to for us, and we hope it will be for you, too. You’ll see them around these parts every week, and we’re thrilled to have them! Cetaphil probably has the best PR of any facial soap. Beauty magazines gush over it as a no-frills $8 must-have.... Read More

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