Environmental Working Group Expands Skin Deep Database

The Skin Deep project by the EWG has recently announced the addition of nearly 10000 more products to its database. This update brings the total number of personal care products with safety ratings up to 25000, nearly a quarter of all products on the market. TreeHugger has discussed the confusing issues surrounding the ingredients in lipsticks and shampoos, Neutrogena moisturiser and sunscreen. While we can list all the potentially harmful chemicals in our beauty products, as we have tried to in the How to Go Green: Women's Personal Care, the reality of identifying these on the store shelf can be daunting. The Skin Deep database provides an easy way of researching the safety levels of your favourite products and comparing them with others brands on the market. With the recent update and new design the database is more comprehensive and easier to use than before. You can search by brand, product or ingredient and if your chosen product comes up with a stinking report then safer suggestions are on hand. An EWG survey reports that 'the average adult uses 9 personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients. More than a quarter of all women and one of every 100 men use at least 15 products daily.' That's an awful lot of unregulated ingredients going into our bodies every day, so while you are checking out out your new lip gloss's safety rating you should also take a look at the sign the EWG Action Fund petition to Congress which demands that manufacturers prove the safety of their products before they are allowed to sell them. For more information about beauty products you can check out TH's guide for How to Go Green: Women's Personal Care. Boys, in case you are feeling left out a Men's Personal Care Guide is currently in the works. :: Skin Deep

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