A few years ago I read a book that changed the way I treated my face, my body, and my beauty routine. No More Dirty Looks, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexander Spunt, closely examines the many chemicals that are allowed to exist in our products and reveals the truth behind the nasty side effects of these toxins.
Did you know most girls wear “100 chemicals before breakfast”? Think about your morning routine: shower, shampoo, conditioner, face wash,lotion, toner, toothpaste, at least two hair control products, deodorant, perfume, foundation, concealer, mascara, liner, bronzer, lip gloss… the list could go on and on. If each product has 4 or 5 (it’s usually more) chemicals in it, you have easily reached 100 chemicals before breakfast.
This book was one of the inspirations for me in creating a website that shares product reviews and toxin-free living with young girls and women of all ages. NMDL offers a well-organized review of the unsafe toxins in our products as well as many suggestions of safe, toxin-free alternatives. I have tried many of the alternatives and will continue to share my opinions (see our Boutique for easy shopping suggestions). My favorite sections of each chapter are when the authors share personal stories, real-life living tidbits, and sincere beauty advice. This is a great read, and tackles a heavy topic with wisdom and optimism.
This book should be required reading for every teen out there– let’s give our girls a chance from the moment they start using beauty products, to find real beauty: the kind without toxins, without carcinogens, without damaging, addictive properties. I don’t think I’m the only Mom out there who wishes for her daughters to find SAFE beauty… this book can help us do it.
PS: my safe products shown in above photo: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly, Earth Science Eye Make-Up Remover, Kiss My Face Triple Action Toothpaste, Studio 78 Paris Foundation and Studio 78 Black Eyeliner, Kjaer Weis Mascara, Tracie Martin Amla Purifying Cleanser, Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara, Vapour Organic Beauty and Vapour Lip Gloss in Vivid, Sheswai Laquer, Annemarie Gianni Coconut Honey Mask and Arnica Oil by nearmagicTV.