Yes, you need to wash them but no, you don’t need to use micellar water to do it.
Is that really a stamp of approval?
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Most people don’t know what these labels really mean − and advertisers take advantage of that fact.
Rural women are the primary producers of shea in northern Ghana.
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Shea is a key economic crop for poor women in the northern parts of Ghana.
Many types of makeup contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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Finding cosmetics that are free of hormone- disrupting chemicals often means paying more. An epidemiologist explains the risk, particularly for young women.
Better labelling of personal care products is necessary to inform consumers of ‘forever chemicals.’
PFAS are chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products that can persist in the environment for a very long time. New regulations seek to ban PFAS, but Canada needs to take further actions.
Remember: the presence of something does not automatically mean it is harmful. It is the dose that makes the poison.
With a huge array of nail cosmetics to choose from, people are getting manicure makeovers on a regular basis. But do your nails need a holiday?
Regulations in the US and EU are intended to ensure that cosmetics and other personal-care products are safe, but the two continents approach the issue in different ways.
From miscarriages to cancer, poor regulation of cosmetics in the US have taken a devastating toll on consumers’ lives. Are European consumers any safer?
Is blue light harmful?
What you need to know about blue light protection lotions.
Anti-ageing skincare products are marketed to people of all ages.
Here’s what to consider when buying anti-ageing skincare products.
The Countess of Coventry, Maria Gunning, was rumoured to have died of lead poisoning from her makeup.
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To ‘make a beautiful face’, according to one 16th century recipe, you should take rosemary flowers and boil them with white wine.
Castor oil plant is popular in rural South Africa for its medicinal qualities.
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Traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics remain popular in South Africa especially in rural areas where they are part of people’s culture.
Oil palm fruit in North Aceh, Indonesia.
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Palm oil is responsible for widespread deforestation and labor abuses, but it’s also cheap and incredibly useful. That’s why many advocates call for reforming the industry, not replacing it.
The key is to avoid lip balms that contain certain additives which might worsen the problem. Instead, try balms that are bland and don’t contain flavours, fragrances and colours.
Some studies reported skin improvements from collagen supplements. But many of these studies were sponsored, fully or in part, by cosmetic or supplement companies.
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.
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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.