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Here are two ingredients you may want to steer clear of in beauty aisles and at cosmetic counters:
Tween girls, who are particularly inclined to use a stew of cosmetic products on a daily basis, are especially vulnerable to toxic ingredients and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Moms looking to minimize their own exposure and their daughters’ can pick up Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda, by Pratima Raichur (Harper Collins, 1999). The book’s comprehensive approach to beauty from the inside out includes tips on nutrition, individualized skin care regimens, and recipes for homemade products and “potions.”
For more information on beauty product ingredients and socially responsible companies, visit:
Jean is a freelance health writer, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Yoga & Pilates instructor and owner of Sattva Yoga, Pilates & Ayurveda in Rocklin. She lives in Foresthill with her husband and their 1-year-old son.
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