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.
‘#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.