Beauty is Skin Deep!

I recently stumbled upon an interesting site called Skin Deep. Touted as a cosmetics database, is a guide to cosmetics and personal care products by the researchers at the Environmental Working Group. They have compared over 41,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases and take product suggestions any time. It is the largest integrated data resource of its kind. You’ll find it interesting that the FDA also doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.

After poking around and looking at brands that I’ve tried with Ava or use currently, I was shocked to learn even the “organic” products are not as safe as we assume. I also was disheartened to see many of the brands with lower scale ratings of 0 to 1 are not brands readily accessible to the general public. Some brands I was happy to see on the lower scale and can be found at my local Target (*smiles!*) are California Baby and Burt’s Bees with ratings of 1 and Aveeno coming in at 2. I did see in my research a comment from a father in California that a rating of 5 and under is better than nothing since we can’t completely escape chemicals. I also noted some of the ratings went up because of certain nature products such as lavender can be considered skin irritants to those with outdoor or fragranced allergies (such as me!). I do believe utmost in being informed though…

Other sites to check out and do your research:

United States Food and Drug Administration
Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association
Cosmetics Are Safe
Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
European Cosmetics Directive
Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction
Teratology Information Services (TIS)

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  • Gel-Nails

    Good information.

    I came across many queries in several forums where people have been asking for advice on the best glue that can be used on nails and that is not only strong but also safe on nails. This was the same question I had sometime back when I used to apply nail gel myself. Initially the glue I got would never hold on the way it used to when done in the salon. I then came across the nail glue being sold on gel-nails which lasts very long and is pretty easy to apply. It provides a strong bonding for my nails and also does a great job in repairing the nail tips.

    Most important of all is that this is strong glue I was actually looking out for and this is used by nail salons and nail artists for professional applications. It is available at a cheap price at gel-nails and I remember seeing it at a discount of 74% which is great. Maybe this can help if you also face problems relating to poor glue quality as I did earlier.


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