What Is “Anti-Ageing”?

by siouxie-q on January 13, 2013

I HATE THAT TERM. Let’s change it around. Let’s go the other way, and look at aging from our happy side. Let’s call wrinkles LAUGHTER LINES and respect our elders for their contributions to society, for their wisdom. It’s time to STOP marketing skin care as a cure for growing older, and market personal care products for what they are – products to clean, comfort and maintain healthy skin.

WHAT “ANTI-AGING” SKIN CARE PRODUCTS DO YOU USE? Would you like to see a comparison of the ingredients in popular creams? This document highlights natural/synthetic chemical ingredients and ingredients of potential concern as noted in the “Dirty Dozen” list from the David Suzuki Foundation.


Keep a close eye on the number of RED ingredients (synthetic), and highlighted YELLOW ingredients (potentially toxic to the environment – and you…)


Beauty Products for Babies…?

by siouxie-q on March 29, 2012

[Since when are baby products considered suitable subject matter for “Fashion & Style”? From the March 28 The New York Times Fashion & Style section]:

Methinks a lot of the personal care product (over)pricing issues (and ethical issues) are stemming from the cosmetic industry’s massive marketing campaigns. It’s not about beauty, it’s about keeping our bodies, and our babies’ bodies, clean & comfortable. If we got off the anti-aging, Youth Rules bandwagon, the industry would have a lot less emotional control over moms’ heart (and purse)strings.


Another Linked-in post… on Youth & Aging

November 26, 2011

A group member wrote:  “Is the world ready for this view? There is more to looking youthful and feeling attractive when you learn to tap into your inner anti-ageing power. It’s also about fulfilling an inner potential.” And I responded: There is more to looking **your age** and feeling **self-acceptance and self-confidence** when you learn […]

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What IS “Beauty…”

June 22, 2011

I’m curious to know how “pure, natural, and healthy” skin care manufacturers respond to questions from environmentalists and health advocates about their continued use of ingredients such as petroleum byproducts, imidazolidinyl urea and parabens. They address the issue as related to their affect on the human body (“Used in percentages far less than 1%, the […]

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Yes, Let’s Define “Safe Cosmetics…”

April 28, 2011

TODAY’S RANT: I just HAD to respond to these posts from a Linked In group I belong to — here’s the conversation that got me all riled up: To me ‘safe cosmetic’ means a cosmetic (something that affects the surface layers of the skin on a temporary basis) that has been manufactured to be stable […]

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Greening up with the Joneses

March 4, 2011

In late Fall 2008, our family was renting a home in Menlo Park, a middle-class northern California town. The home was surrounded by a humungous lawn, which the landlord expected us to maintain. One day I was driving behind a gardening truck, with a bumper sticker which read, “Food Not Lawns.” I was stunned. A […]

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A Metaphor: Is All the HOOPLA Over "Unsafe" Cosmetics Really True?

April 21, 2010

If you had a choice between dating a super popular, flashy, charming guy who was suspected of murdering his previous girlfriend, but was out on bail because the jury could not establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or dating a “nice boy” from a good family who had a flawless criminal record and gave you […]

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Parabens or Herbs? The Precautionary Principle & Skincare

November 18, 2009

Do a search for “rosemary cancer” on the web, and you’ll come up with dozens of articles describing the benefits of using “cancer-fighting” rosemary. one example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1021464/Adding-rosemary-steak-help-prevent-cancer.html Do a search for “parabens cancer” on the web, and you’ll come up with dozens of articles outlining the potential dangers of using “estrogen-mimicking” parabens. one example: http://articlehubseurope.com/cancer-hub/why-should-you-choose-a-paraben-free-anti-aging-moisturizer/ […]

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A July 4th message from a friend, to appreciate every day of the year…

September 11, 2009

As tawdry as it can all seem sometimes, the Bernard Madoff stuff and political gridlock, as I set the table this morning and tie my red white and blue ribbons on the candelabra, sprinkle out my same-colored confetti, the flag hangs, I unfurl the beat-up souvenir copy of the Declaration of Independence and see the […]

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From The Toxic Consumer (Karen Ashton and Elizabeth Salter Green, 2008)

September 11, 2009

“The first synthetic chemicals were created in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until after World War II that the industry really took off. Chemists previously working on chemical weapons for combat use realized that many of the deadly poisons they had been concocting had a useful peacetime role: to wage agricultural war against the […]

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