Looking and feeling your best isn't just about exercise or nutrition - it's a holistic approach. Many people don't consider beauty and skincare products to be a danger to our health, but even though our skin acts as a protective barrier, it also absorbs much of what we put on it into our body.

Depending on your beauty routine, you may want to take a closer look at the products you're using. Reading labels and doing a little research will go a long way.

Also consider usage. Be more critical of the products you use more often or are exposed to for longer periods of time.

The more informed we are, the better purchases we make - and that will not only help us be healthier, but the entire industry as well.

Here are a few of our favorite resources to educate yourself and your loved ones:

Synthetic chemicals and the average woman

Putting it on your skin does let it in

FDA authority over cosmetics

Give your cosmetics a makeover

International cosmetics hotlist

EWG cosmetics database

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