Are your cosmetics safe?

Organic personal care products are probably your best bet if you are avoiding nasty chemicals.

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID AND WHY

  • DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea 

toxic contaminants

  • Fragrance and dyes

allergies, cancer, nervous system

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone

allergies, nervous system

  • Parabens or “-paraben”

hormone effects

  • “PEG” and “-eth”

toxic contaminants

  • Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate

skin damage, toxic contaminants

  • Triclosan and triclocarban

thyroid and environmental concerns

  • Triethanolamine (TEA)

allergies, toxic contaminant

Here are 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 dyes
Liquid hand soaps
with triclosan
Nail polish and removers
with formaldehyde
Skin lighteners
with hydroquinone 

ALSO
• 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.
• Look up your products’ reviews at EWG’s cosmeticsdatabase.com

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-2-nitropropane- 1,3-diol in baby wipes
• Avoid toothpaste with fluoride for children under 2
• Avoid play makeup like lipstick, perfume, and
nail polish