What’s In The Bottle?

When selecting products to put on your skin, it’s important to read through all the ingredients listed on labels. While a product may contain one or more ingredients designated “organic,” it might also contain a number of chemical ingredients that your body will not like, does not know how to process and will definitely not contribute to your health and well-being.

It’s also important to note where an ingredient falls in the listing. This is determined by how much of each ingredient is in the product. Organic or natural ingredients closer to the bottom of the listing may be included in such small amounts that they won’t be effective.

An invaluable resource for checking out product ingredients is the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website, www.ewg.org.   EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization “dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.” They research and provide information on our water, soil, air and food as well as on cosmetic ingredients. In a section titled “Know the Ingredients in Your Personal Care Products,” you’ll learn how to read a label. And from their Skin Deep Database you can look up any product, ingredient, or company to see how they’re rated. Two ratings are used: a Hazard Score – just how hazardous to your health is it on a scale from 1-10; and a Data Availability Rating — number of scientific studies published and included — from “None” to “Fair” to “Robust.”  Or pick a product category such as Cleansers or Moisturizers, and you’ll be provided with a list of products in each category along with their safety ratings. Since the safest, cleanest products will be at the top of the list, it’s a quick and easy way to make healthy product choices