Have you ever been at CVS or Macy’s looking for that next piece to brighten up your makeup kit? Or maybe you’re finding that perfect moisturizer that will complete your skincare routine. Maybe you’re buying sunscreen, or a topical cream, or a facial cleanser, or an acne product?
Have you ever been close to buying a product and just wondered, “How will this affect my skin?”
We all know that companies, willing or negligent, will put ingredients in their products that can affect our skin negatively. We recently published a write-up of all the commonly found sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals which can increase your risk for cancer as well as disrupt your hormones.
Our skin is a pretty sensitive organ, and everything that coats it is absorbed into our bodies. Our skin tissues don’t have the defense mechanisms that other tissues in the body have, and thereby increase the risk of damage from harmful chemicals.
There are also ingredients that maybe you alone, along with a small minority of the population, are more sensitive to than others. It’s not unheard of for people to have allergic reactions to aloe vera, and you can imagine how frustrating that would prove when shopping for cosmetic and skincare products.
www.ewg.org is a website which everyone who regularly buys skin products should have bookmarked on their internet browser. You can also reach ewg if you Google search, “Skin Database”. That’s exactly what ewg is, a massive database of products from all around the market, including all top brands of makeup, sun creams, moisturizers, and topical medicines.
“It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals”.
“We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online profiles for cosmetics and personal care products and their potential hazards and health concerns. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off”.
“Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market”.
Currently, ewg contains records on over 71,000 products and over 2000 brands, making it the largest database of its kind.
Now I know Get Healthy Skin Now is a skincare blog, but ewg also contains information on toothpaste and other commonly used products that we expose to our tissues.
Ewg represents one of the most important resources anyone can have for learning which skincare products are best for you, best for your family, and most importantly, best for your skin.