Are Your Personal Care Products Safe?

Did you know that many personal care products contain potentially dangerous chemicals? This includes shampoos, deodorants, skin creams, cosmetics, shaving lotions, and also hair color. Those chemicals are absorbed through our skin every time we use these products. Some are also very hard to eliminate. Unfortunately, you can’t always tell from the labels whether a chemical is dangerous or not. However, you don’t have to wonder about product safety anymore. Check out the Skin Deep database.

Skin Deep Database

The Skin Deep database was created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), who work to protect the public from health problems attributed to toxic contaminants. They also aim to get the federal government to change existing policies and to invest in both conservation and sustainable development.

In their own words: “Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It both shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. This research rattles politicians and also shapes policy. These findings persuade bureaucracies to rethink science and also strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.”

In the Skin Deep database, you can enter the name of any product, ingredient or company to find out more information. It doesn’t contain every product. However, the most common products are there, and much more. When you search a product, you’ll find the following:

  • The overall level of hazard rated from 0 to 10.
  • A summary of the health risks associated with the product.
  • A list of each ingredient along with its individual hazard rating and also a list of the related health concerns.
  • A clickable link to more information about each ingredient, including the source of the information provided in the database.

Skin Deep is a real time-saving resource you won’t want to be without.

Source: Skin Deep Database: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com, Environmental Working Group:  http://www.ewg.org

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