How Do I Learn about the Potential Hazards in the Products I Use?

July 28, 2015

 

Hi Y’all,
Now, that we’ve looked at our chemical body burden, the next question is “What are the potential hazards of the chemicals we are using?”  This is where I go to the Environmental Working Group.  They have a fabulous resource called the "Skin Deep Cosmetics Database," www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

It has information on over 70,000 personal care products in it.  You can type in a product or brand name and it will not only tell you what’s in it, but also the relative hazard.  They rank everything on a scale of 0-10, where 0-2 is low hazard, 3-6 is moderate hazard and 7-10 is high hazard.  That is where I found out that using Retinyl palmitate on your skin is considered a high hazard (9) (see my May 30 post).  This database is thorough, and is a scientist’s smorgasbord.  :) They tell you about all of the kinds of  potential hazards such as reproductive, cancerous, allergic and ecological effects, and they also give the links to various studies.  I have found an occasional minor error, but all in all I think it is awesome!  In the next post we’ll look at some of the products I was using and their relative hazards.

Check out the database and tell us what you think!
Michele

 

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