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European women warned off make-up amid growing fears of harm to unborn

Pregnant women are being warned off beauty products amid fears they could lead to birth defects.
Growing concerns over the effects of chemicals such as parabens, commonly used in cosmetics as a preservative, and phthalates, used in hairspray, have led to calls for a new EU-wide cosmetics labelling system.

The move follows the publication of a study which found that women exposed to high levels of hairspray during pregnancy were twice as likely to have babies born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urinary tract grows on the underside of the penis.
High levels of phthalates, also used to soften plastics such as PVC, have been found to affect hormone levels, while parabens have been the subject of concern since 2004, when a study claimed to have detected parabens from deodorants in cancerous breast tissue.
The French government announced last week that the country’s health authorities were considering a labelling system for cosmetics that would indicate whether or not products were safe for pregnant women.
But the UK government said that the EU should address the issue as a whole, adding it to a range of changes currently being made to the European Cosmetics Directive.
Professor Paul Elliott, who led the Imperial College study into the use of hairspray during pregnancy, backs the introduction of a labelling system.
He told the Independent on Sunday: ‘Labels enable people to make informed choices. In the vulnerable period of pregnancy, it makes sense for people to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.

‘It is part of a broader discussion about minimising chemical exposure in early pregnancy.’
Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, added:
‘Women who are planning to conceive or who are in the first three months of pregnancy should look at what they are using.

‘The cosmetics industry needs to look at this and clearly label their products. Anything like this raises concerns, but I don’t think people should panic.’


Makeup-Artist to the Stars Carmindy, Talks About Getting Spring/Summer Ready

Love Carmindy, she has great beauty tips every woman can use and more importantly a message of positivity.

Make-up artist to the stars and “What Not To Wear” beauty expert, Carmindy, sat down with Paltalk’s Diana Falzone and discussed several tips on improving oneself; inside and out.

Below are some of her beauty tips on how to get spring/summer ready!

On Skincare:

The importance of good skin – “Skincare is the most important thing because you have to start with a good canvas before you swipe on lip gloss or lipstick.”
Exfoliate at night – If your skin is oily, exfoliate every other day, for normal skin exfoliating once or twice a week will suffice.
Secret Beauty Tip – Carmindy recommends exfoliating with granulated white sugar. Simply gently buff onto a wet face.
**Exfoliating after shaving prevents ingrown hairs which can be especially important for men after shaving.

Improving your outlook on life and self:

Make an effort to treat other women positively. Don’t criticize, compliment.
Stop buying gossip mags; articles about celeb beach bodies or stars without makeup doesn’t do anything for self esteem.
Stop the compare and despair game and focus on being the best you can be.
Carmindy stresses, ““I don’t care about what size or shape you are or how you look, it’s all about how you feel and what you can accomplish each and every day.”

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Neutrogena LIVE online event- Tonight!

A Beverly Hills dermatologist scheduled to make hundreds of house calls in just one hour?  Not exactly, but it’s close … for the first time ever, Neutrogena has partnered with to bring thousands of women a one-of-a-kind, exclusive opportunity to join an interactive live webinar where they can get all their anti-aging questions answered by celebrity dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby.

Dr. Kirby will appear LIVE online to offer his expert anti-aging skin care advice to TotalBeauty readers, many of whom will actually be hosting Neutrogena anti-aging house parties with their friends.  The goal is to have Dr. Kirby answer as many anti-aging questions as possible and for the women participating in the live parties to experience Neutrogena’s newest anti-aging solution: New! Rapid Wrinkle Repair.

Knowing that women lead busy lives and are not able to visit a dermatologist as often as they’d like, Neutrogena and designed this exclusive event to offer thousands of women the opportunity to submit their anti-aging questions, and get answers- from the resources they trust.  If viewers do not get the opportunity to have specific questions answered by Dr. Kirby, TotalBeauty will be hosting a week-long Q&A on its website where readers can submit questions and receive answers — in the spirit of Rapid Wrinkle Repair — within seven days!

Please join us for the first-ever Neutrogena LIVE online event

Wednesday, April 20th

8:00 PM EST/ 5:00 PM PST

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Is Nail Polish Safe for Kids?

Allure Magazine’s Elizabeth Angell uncovers the danger in adult nail polish on kids:

Last week, neon-pink nail polish made some unlikely headlines when a J. Crew advertisement showed the company’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, painting her five-year-old son’s toenails with the bubble-gum shade. While talking heads debated the appropriateness of nail polish for boys and recommended that Lyons put aside some money for Beckett’s future therapy bills, I kept thinking: Is adult nail polish even safe for children? I have an almost-two-year-old son and he took one look at my feet after a recent pedicure and said “Henry have those toes.” I’m happy to let him cover his toenails with rainbow nail polish, but I am just overprotective enough to wonder if the grown-up stuff is right—health wise—for him. (I’m also pretty convinced my helicopter-Mom instincts are the thing that will drive him into therapy, not my permissiveness about makeup experimentation.) Here’s what I discovered:

Adult nail polishes may can contain things such as formaldehyde and pthalates, which are toxic if they’re ingested. “It’s an issue if the child sucks on her fingers or eats the polish. Adults typically won’t do this,” says cosmetic chemist Joe Cincotta. (Nail biters take note!) While a lot of major brands have removed these chemicals from their formulas, if you do plan to apply nail polish to a child’s fingers or toes, consider choosing a water-based formula like the ones from Suncoat Girl (will the gender stereotyping never end!?!) or Priti NYC. “These are non-toxic and have low odor, and are very suitable for children to apply themselves,” says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. They are also easy to clean up if they spill. They won’t last as long as other polishes—they peel off if you soak your hands in water—but that may not be a problem for a kid who wants to experiment with different colors. I plan on helping my son Henry safely shock some news pundits shortly!