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)