Now if only they could put sense in a bottle

December 29, 1997|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Paula Begoun's straight talk about what cosmetics can and can't do has penetrated the blare of advertising hype. Her book, "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," helped put the high-hopes-in-a-jar in perspective.

Her new "The Beauty Bible" (Beginning Press, $16.95) is a reference book covering everything from eczema to alpha hydroxy creams to makeup colors.

Much of what she says is controversial. But the book is a helpful guide (and money saver) -- along with your dermatologist's counsel.

Among her convictions:

The value of vitamin C, topically applied to the skin in such substances as Cellex-C, is overblown.

Cosmetics with natural ingredients are not necessarily any more beneficial than other products.

Dry skin and wrinkles are not related. Moisturizing will make the skin look better, but it won't prevent wrinkles.

Most wrinkling and premature aging is due to sun exposure, not damage from anti-oxidants.

It's old-fashioned to think the face should be so powdered there is no shine.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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