Cosmetics preservatives have really been under the microscope these days. I have actually been writing about them a lot. This particular category of cosmetics ingredients generates more questions from readers than any other group.
The FDA has changed the monograph for cosmetics products containing sunscreen.
As an industry professional I have known this was coming for a while, but consumers are only just now being made aware of the new laws. The laws, while already enacted, have had a delay in being obviously obeyed as manufacturing companies have had time to reorganize their logistics. Effective December 17, however, all SPF products must be in compliance with the new law.
I promised I would keep you up to date on more tour dates as they were booked.
I am happy to say there are three new dates added to meet me this season. All events are open to the public and appointments to see me are free )normally a $250 value in my studio). I am looking forward to meeting all of you!
For all our fans in Québec I am so pleased to announce our newest retailer in Gatineau.
Over the last few years, consumers have become more and more aware of the ingredients used in their personal care products. There has been a lot of conversation, tweeting, blogging, discussion, and general confusion about what constitutes a safe ingredient and what constitutes a "toxic" one.
Recently I got a phone call at my office from a consumer who wanted to know if she should use Bio Oil to treat her stretch marks.
I have seen Bio Oil before, my sister actually was using it. One day I was at a drug store with her, just doing some Saturday shopping, when I saw it in her cart. Having not heard of it before I asked her what it was.
Twice a year I go on the road with one goal in mind: to meet as many Yummy Mummy Club members as I can.
I am always so happy to meet readers and answer their questions in person—for all of you who have thought it would be great if I could go shopping with you, or demonstrate a technique you want to perfect or simply help you understand your cosmetics better this is your chance.
These are two terms found on many cosmetics packages that should be ignored: Dermatologist Tested and Clinically Proven
Dermatologist Tested: This term provides absolutely no indication as to the safety of a cosmetic product yet is used to give credibility to a formula. Even is as much to imply a medical safety that does not actually exist. It actually creates an illusion of some sort of medical testing.
The latest beauty craze is a new category of make-up removers called micellar water.
While these types of make up removers have been used for years in France they are just now gaining popularity in North America. These make up removers are touted as non irritating cleansers that can remove a whole face of make up without disrupting the natural pH of the skin. Specifically marketed to sensitive skin types these special waters are extremely expensive. Priced anywhere from $20 to $50 a bottle many people are asking the obvious question: What is Micellar Water?
I am a big fan of facial masks—I own four different ones for different skincare concerns.
Most people do not see the best results these great skincare products can offer simply because they use them incorrectly. Highly misunderstood, and often overlooked, facial masks can really make a difference in the over all health of the skin.
Bar none the most important part of a skin care regime is cleansing. Yes I know the cosmetics companies would have you think it is moisturizing but there is no single step, more important to maintaining the over health of the skin than cleansing.
Most people use a cleanser that is not well suited for skin and still many more people (even those with a well-formulated cleanser) use them incorrectly thus denying themselves of any real benefit.
Here is my step by step guide to proper washing of the skin: