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One of the newest additions to my bookshelf, Dr. Sam Epstein's Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust, has become my go-to beauty bible when it comes to natural beauty products and cosmetics.

Epstein, a founder and chairperson of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, professor emeritus of environmental health at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency, details why we should be wary of potentially hazardous ingredients in everyday cosmetics — and offers natural product selections from companies who are leading the way in safer cosmetics production.

Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.

Principle Categories of Organic Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products 

While organics have been making inroads throughout the cosmetic and personal-care products industry, the following categories have embraced organic ingredients more than the rest:



Cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are the largest and most rapidly expanding group of products containing organic ingredients. Natural antioxidants used in cosmeceuticals in particular are more and more often being obtained from organic sources.



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