How safe are the ingredients you are putting on your skin?
We study health and make good food choices that nourish our body from the inside out, but how about the things we are using topically that our bodies absorb from the outside in? Most people don’t realize it, but the American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products. Driven by a continual thirst for overall health, I stumbled across a fabulous site run by The Environmental Working Group. They keep a database called “Skin Deep” that is updated regularly and contains hundreds of thousands of products that we consumers use on a daily basis. They rate all products on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being very clean and 10 having a high risk of toxicity. Beyond excited, I immediately pulled all of my products out of the bathroom and lined them up on my desk. Searching one by one, I used a sharpie to write each product’s numeric value on them. Much to my surprise, my sunscreens were the most horrid of all products, with moisturizers a close second. So, let me get this straight… I’m over here thinking I’m protecting myself from the sun, when in fact I am placing toxic chemicals on my face and body!?! I was so confused! I ended up weeding out anything over a number 5 and highly recommend you do too.
When you know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how these chemicals affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions. They really make it easy; they even have apps for phones. I use my iPhone app every time I’m at Target or a drug store to see a products rating before I purchase it. I am so excited to share this amazing tool with you– enjoy!