Our obsession with looking and feeling younger has only grown since the 20th century.
At-home electrical 'therapies', hormone treatments, and skin 'foods' were just some of the popular treatments people used to look and feel younger.
Detail of book cover.
Wits University Press
The long history of racist beauty standards alone cannot explain the ongoing global use of harmful skin lighteners.
The chemicals in nail products put nail salon workers at risk for cancer and other illnesses.
The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.
A historical trail through its medicinal properties.
‘#Unapologetic’ the new campaign by Matell wants to portray Barbie as a doll telling women and girls they can be anything they want with a focus on entrepreneurship.
Contradictions abound as companies seek to style themselves as advancing gender equality while at the same time marketing sexist products or thriving on sexist employment practices.
The new laws are an improvement, but still allow for continued cruelty to animals in the name of testing, and need to be more stringent.
Subbing new risks for the current dyes’ dangers?
Less-toxic hair dye would be a great invention. But discounting the risks that come with nanoparticles could undermine other efforts to protect human health and environmental from their effects.
Beauty is still understood as a process of ongoing work and maintenance.
The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
She knows her lines.
The actress knows it's not all about creams.
Online cosmetics tutorial.
In two years Kylie Jenner has gone from socialite to the head of a leading cosmetics brand. What does this success say about the power of social media in building strong brands?
Madonna and fashion designer Jeremy Scott arrive at this year’s Met Gala in New York.
Why is Cher, 71, celebrated when she wears a near-nude costume while Madonna, 58, receives revulsion? 19th century women's magazines reveal how the double standards of beauty for older women came about.
In Australia animal testing is currently required for some potentially toxic new cosmetic ingredients.
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A bill has been proposed to ban testing cosmetics on animals in Australia. It will only affect a small number of animals, but it's an important step towards a global ban.
Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer.
In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.
For those with facial conditions and injuries, makeup can be the difference between living and having a life.
Fragrance is intimately linked with our memories and feelings.
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Surely only a weirdo wouldn't enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
Perfect nails, at what cost?
The nail salon industry is booming. But along with polished nails come toxic health effects for the workers, due to the chemical compounds in nail care products.
Consuming bath milk is particularly risky because it may contain the deadly STEC E.Coli bug.
The death this week of a Victorian toddler after allegedly drinking “bath milk” is a reminder of how dangerous some natural cosmetics can be. The product – Mountain View Organic Dairy’s Organic Bath Milk…
UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health has investigated 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses for potential health risk through…
Little does she know what she’s smearing on her face.
Do you buy expensive moisturisers in a bid to combat the ravages of age, or does catching a mid-afternoon whiff of your pits have you reaching for the roll-on? We smear various lotions and potions on our…