Environmental Working Group: A Year of Healthy Living-February

Last month I posted the EWG’s January recommendation: Filter Your Tap Water

For the month of February the topic is : Pick Safer Cosmetics


According to the Environmental Working Group, some types of cosmetics have major safety concerns. So, just as we have learned to read food labels, the EWG is asking us to become label readers of skin and hair care products and skip buying those likely to contain dangerous chemicals.

Here are some of the items in the booklet almost verbatim:

1. Hair straighteners linked to cancer, allergy, skin & scalp irritation, hair damage and hair loss

2. Loose powders have an inhalation risk

3. Perfumes/fragrances contain allergy concerns

4. Dark permanent hair dyes linked to cancer

5. Skin lighteners can cause skin irritation & damage

“Fragrance” is a common ingredient with safety concerns which can trigger allergic skin reaction. Choose products that list each fragrance individually.

Many common ingredients can contain impurities related to cancer & other health concerns.  Avoid these common ingredients whenever possible: DMDM hydrantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl, Ceteareth, Polyethylene glycol, PEG.

(My note: I think what EWG means by common ingredients are common ingredients often found in cosmetics.)

To obtain a complete list of ingredients with possible impurities, check EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database at: www.ewg.org/skindeep.


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