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So What Are Parabens Anyway?

Parabens are a family of related chemicals that are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic products.

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How Products Work: Self-Tanners

Self-tanning agents work by tinting the uppermost skin layer with the active ingredient DHA, a sugar molecule that reacts with the amino acids in the upper skin layer.

New California Laws Tackle Salon Product Ingredients and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

A first-of-its-kind law in California requires all ingredients to be disclosed on the labels of professional beauty products. Lawmakers also toughen cruelty-free cosmetics regulations.

Glitter Glossary

Here’s the lowdown on some of the most common types of glitter.

35th Anniversary Flashback: 1997, the Fight Against MMA

1997 was a pivotal year in the nail industry’s fight against the use of MMA (methyl methacrylate) in acrylic monomer.

Consumers Less Particular About Polish Ingredients

According to a survey commissioned by all-natural beauty brand Kari Gran, American women care about what goes into their beauty products, but natural nail product ingredients are less of a priority.

Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

From tosylamide/formaldehyde resin to stearalkonium bentonite, ingredient names can sound more like a top secret formula for NASA than a recipe for regular old nail polish. Each of these ingredients, however, has a purpose and plays a part in the overall performance of the polish.

Secret Ingredient: Vitamin E

When vitamin E was discovered, the biggest producer of soybean oil was Eastman Kodak, which used the oil in photo processing. After realizing it could extract alpha tocopherol from the oil waste, it began selling it to vitamin producers and remains a leading supplier to this day.

Local Healthy Nail Ordinance Captures National Attention

San Francisco’s newly passed Healthy Nail Salon Recognition ordinance is intended to address occupational health hazards among the city’s more than 200 nail salons and 1,800 nail technicians. This ordinance establishes a voluntary recognition program for salons that use polishes and top and base coats that are “three-free.”

Secret Ingredient: Glycerin

Although glycerin has about the same food energy as table sugar, it does not raise blood sugar levels, nor does it cause cavities.