You are what you eat, as the saying goes. But you're also what you smear. Through our skin, all kinds of things - creams, shampoos, make-up and other substances - partly penetrate our body. Yet not many people know what's in their daily dose of cosmetics.

However, skin irritations or allergic reactions often originate from it. In addition, some cosmetic ingredients have been associated with hormone disrupting effects and cancer.

The cosmetics industry involves billions of people. How is it that manufacturers sell us products based on fairy tales that promise eternal youth, when in reality they mainly disrupt the skin's natural balance and damage its repair ability? How is it that we are so eager to stay young and beautiful that we are willing to believe anything?

This book is about the true workings of cosmetics. Robin van Wechem did years of research and tells about the beauty culture that demands that we use more and more and about the industry that makes us pay for it. She questions the way in which the safety of cosmetic products is assessed and criticises the power of the industry in this process. But most of all, she informs us about what's really in all those bottles and jars in your bathroom, challenging us to make better choices.

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Robin Van Wechem

Robin van Wechem (1986) is a Dutch political scientist and journalist.

€ 4.500 allocated on 22/06/2015.

BOOK (in Dutch)
Title: Het antirimpelcomplex
Subtitle: De achterkant van de cosmetica-industrie
Author: Robin van Wechem
Editor: Balans
Date: 23/03/2018
Number of pages: 336
ISBN: 9789460038082 (ebook)
ISBN/ 9789460036323 (paperback)


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