16 Nov '11, 5pm

DIY beauty products: do they really work?

DIY beauty products: do they really work?

From the Romans to the Renaissance, make-up has played an important role in the shaping of society. Often a sign of wealth and beauty, men and women have long turned to lotions, potions and creams to help make themselves look and feel better. But the concoctions they created didn't always work, while worse, others had a positively detrimental effect on health. Take the 1600's biggest trend: porcelain skin. A mixture of carbinate, hydroxide and lead oxide was used to create flawless white skin but caused severe health problems that included muscle paralysis. A more natural look was favoured in the 19th century and less-harmful alternatives were introduced as people began to realise the damaging effects.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/health_and...

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