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Ingredient Watch List: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the Sudsy Skin Irritant

You’ve probably heard about this ingredient—sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). There’s been a lot of media coverage on it lately, especially in the world of natural and organic skin care. So…

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Ingredient Watch List: Dimethicone, the Smoothing Silicone That Exacerbates Acne

You can hardly pick up a skin care, makeup, or hair care product these days without reading “dimethicone” on the ingredient list. Why are so many products suddenly using it,…

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8 Herbs for Oily Skin and Clogged Pores

There’s no shortage of skin care treatments for oily skin and clogged pores out there, but most of them are full of sulfates, preservatives, alcohols, and other harsh ingredients. Not only…

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Ingredient Watch List: Tetrasodium EDTA, the Preservative Made from Formaldehyde

If you knew your personal care products had preservatives made from carcinogens, would you want to use them? We didn’t think so. Yet one ingredient made from a potential carcinogen…

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Ingredient Watch List: Quats, the Preservatives that May Release Formaldehyde and Exacerbate Asthma

Look at the back of your personal care product—let’s say, your mousse—and you may see something like “polyquaternium-11.” This ingredient and related ingredients are all called quats—”quaterny ammonium compounds” that…

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Winter Skin—How to Combat Dryness and Restore a Smooth, Supple Look

Cold temperatures, chilling winds, and dry, cold air can all wreak havoc on skin. Dry air saps skin of moisture, leaving it parched, cracked, and itching — so do central heating systems…

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