Is There Lead in Your Lipstick?

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Gill Deacon helps you clean up your beauty routine

Gill Deacon — Green Living contributor, author of the best-selling book Green For Life, TV host and renowned environmental advocate — recently added a new, even more impressive description to her résumé: cancer survivor. Following her ordeal, she’s out with a new book, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, which examines how our beauty and grooming rituals can expose us to hidden toxins on a daily basis. She writes…

Each morning we spritz, soak, and slather ourselves in 127 different chemicals, many of which are toxic. Each time we draw a bubble bath for a child, lather foaming cream for a shave, or deodorize our underarms, we expose our bodies to innumerable chemicals with limited research on their long-term health effects. The cosmetics industry is not required to prove an ingredient is safe for human health before it is used in a consumer product. Shocking, but true.

As a breast cancer survivor, Gill Deacon takes the issue of toxins in body-care products to heart. Her book is a friendly, informative and meticulously researched guide to more considered options for personal care, showing how to navigate misleading labels and greenwash, and ultimately arrive at safer choices, for a healthier family and a healthier world.

You can order Gill’s new book from the publisher or at Indigo.

NOTE: See the article on the Just Beautiful campaign by Environmental Defence by clicking here.