Published On: Sun, Aug 1st, 2010

Shopper’s Guide To Safe Cosmetics & Personal Care Products

Article from Cosmetic Database also known as EWG’s “Deep Skin” See:  www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

Please note that with no required safety testing, cosmetics companies can generally use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks – and please read labels before you buy.

Ingredients to Avoid

DMDM hydration and Imidazolidinyl urea – toxic contaminants

Fragrance and dyes – allergies, cancer, nervous system

Methylchloroisothiazlione and Methylisothiazolinone – allergies, nervous system

Parabens or “-parben” – hormone effects

“PEG” and “-eth” – toxic contaminants

Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate – skin damage, toxic contaminants

Triclosan and triclocarman – thyroid and environmental concerns

Triethanolamine (TEA) – allergies, toxic contaminants

Products to Avoid

Anti-aging creams - with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and BHA acids

Hair Dyes – with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, all dark permanent hair dies

Liquid hand soaps — with triclosan

Nail polish removers – with formaldehyde

Skin lighteners - with hydroquinine

Sunscreens

  • Stay in the shade from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, & protective clothing
  • Use SPF 30 or higher
  • Avoid sprays and the ingredient oxybenzone
  • Use 7% or higher zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
    avoid added bug repellent

Children’s Products

  • Avoid boric acid and sodium borate in diaper cream
  • Avoid 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1,3-diol in baby wipes
  • Avoid toothpaste with fluoride for children under 2
  • Avoid play makeup like lipstick, perfume, and nail polish

Use fewer, simpler products. Don’t trust claims like “dermatologist-tested” “natural”, or “organic.” Read the ingredient label instead
Take label warnings seriously. They indicate hazardous chemicals. For more tips or to look up  your products’ and reviews visit EWG’s  www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

The Environmental Working Group uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Often, that means building databases. EWG’s data gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from the health risks we all face from everyday exposures to myriad industrial chemicals. In 2004, they  launched Skin Deep, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. Their aim was to fill in where companies and the government leave off: companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and our government doesn’t require companies to test products for safety before they’re sold. EWG’s scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource, integrating our in-house collection of personal care product ingredient listings with more than 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.

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