Product Description Everything you need to know about the safety and efficacy of cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. Is it a cosmetic? A drug? A nutrient? Itâs becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference with the cosmetic companies combining the three. And unlike with food additives, the FDA has little control over what goes into the products that claim to make you look more beautifulâeven though cosmeceuticals (cosmetics that purport to have druglike benefits) have skyrocketed into a multibillion-dollar industry. So before you slather on that âwrinkle-reducingâ cream or swallow a âskin-rejuvenatingâvitamin, find out whatâs in your health and beauty products with A Consumerâs Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. This updated and expanded edition gives you the facts you need to protect yourself and your family from possible irritants, confusing chemical names, and the exaggerated claims of gimmicky additives. With 800 new ingredients found in toiletries, cosmetics, and cosmeceuticalsâeverything ranging from shampoo to shaving cream, bath lotions to Botoxâthis alphabetically organized guide evaluates them all, and includes targeted information for children and for people of color. A Consumerâs Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients is more indispensable than ever to anyone who cares about the health of themselves and their loved ones. About the Author RUTH WINTER, M.S., is an award-winning author of thirty-seven books. Visit her at BrainBody.com or IngredientBlog.blogspot.com. Excerpt. Â© Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Introduction Why You Need This Book Are you afraid of aging? Does a wrinkle on your face cause you to panic and make you fear you are becoming unattractive and unemployable? Do you believe a fragrance can make you irresistible? Are you willing to spend your hard-earned money to buy expensive cosmetics that promise you a cure for whatever flaw you think you may have? If you answer yes to these questions, you have become a pawn of the manipulative cosmetic industry. These geniuses of marketing have convinced you and most of society of the following: â¢ Aging and wrinkles are to be greatly feared. â¢ Natural body odors are mortifying. â¢ Cosmetics can cure anything. I really do admire the cleverness of cosmetic producers and sellersâ even if they donât like me because I reveal to you what is really in their products. But I believe they are still fabulous sociologists, psychologists, and marketers. They know before anyone else what we want or should want, and they immediately build upon those desires to sell us what we may or may not need. From the department store counter to the drugstore to the Internet, they have given us literally thousands of choices of cosmetics. As you will read in this dictionary, some of the potions and powders are excellent and fulfill their promises, many of the compounds do nothing and are actually fraudulent, and some may be damaging to our health because they contain toxins or cancer-causing agents. You may be asking yourself at this point: âWell, doesnât the FDA protect us?â The answer is NO! Cosmetics have always been a low priority at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but now its regulatory powers have been weakened to the point where they are almost nonexistent. Why Are Cosmetic Regulations So Limited? The agencyâs regulations were determined more than seventy years ago when it was wrongly assumed that the skin is an impermeable barrier that prevents chemicals from penetrating into the body. Scientists now know that this is not true, yet most consumers and cosmetic companies are concerned only with allergic reactions and skin irritations. But what of systemic absorption, toxicity, and chronic effects? What degree of absorption is there when a cosmetic is left on the face (as a makeup base might be for twelve hours) or spread over the entire body (like suntan lotions)? What is the impact when these products are used for many years?