Allergies are an increasingly serious health issue for millions of Americans, especially children.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of American children and teenagers reported to suffer skin allergies more than quadrupled, from 2 million reported cases between 1999 and 2001 to nearly 9 million between 2008 and 2010. Another 12.6 million children [...]
Ingredients matter. Does your sunscreen leave you overexposed to damaging UVA rays? Does it break down in the sun? Does it contain compounds that may disrupt your hormones?
First things first
Check your skin regularly for new moles that are tender or growing. Ask your primary care doctor how often you should see a dermatologist.
The best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation [...]
Hundreds of companies have fulfilled the Compact for Safe Cosmetics pledge to make safer products and have earned the title “Champion” from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
EWG is a founding member of the Campaign. Since 2004, EWG has helped hundreds of companies meet the pledge by providing technical support and tools for them to disclose all their ingredients to the public.
People will go to great lengths to be “beautiful,” and cosmetics companies know it. What consumers may not know is that they have long risked death and disfigurement for the sake of beauty.
In 1933, a woman was hospitalized with excruciating eye pain. Doctors watched in horror as her eyes were eaten away as though by acid. The culprit turned out to be an eyelash-darkening treatment called[...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently (Sept. 7) warned Lancôme to stop making grand claims for several of its anti-aging products -- claims that would require the agency to approve them before the products could be sold to consumers.
The agency's letter told the company, a division of global cosmetics maker L'Oreal, that marketing materials for its Génifique, Absolue and [...]
If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it’s a claim made by a company trying to sell you a wrinkle cream, the federal Food and Drug Administration probably isn’t checking it out.
The FDA routinely requires drugs to be tested before they are sold to consumers to ensure that they perform as promised and are safe. As the old saying goes, the cure can be worse than the [...]
Breakthrough or hype?
“Skin Perfector.” “Balance, brighten, renew and protect.” “Anti-aging.”
The ads sound too good to be true. BB (stands for beauty balm) and CC (stands for color corrector or complexion corrector) creams claim to be all-in-one moisturizer, concealer, foundation and sometimes sunscreen.
What are they, really? Do they contain harmful chemicals? Are they [...]
These are just some of the chemicals found in hair dyes that can be harmful to you. This list includes PPD, Resorcinol, and Ammonia. Contact Your Grooming Guru to have your hair dyed with safe organic color!
Paraphenylenediamine is a chemical substance that is widely and traditionally used as a permanent hair dye. People who are highly allergic to PPD have not been able to dye their [...]
You shouldn’t need a Ph.D in chemistry to choose safe cosmetics and personal care products. That’s why we enlisted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics scientists to make shopping for safe products easier for you.
To use our “red lists,” avoid the chemicals of concern for each product category: shampoo, conditioner, creams, sunscreen, color cosmetics, hair color and skin lighteners.
Most people assume cosmetics and personal care products are tested for safety before being stocked on store shelves. In truth, personal care products are one of the least regulated industries in the U.S. On April 20, 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015. The bill seeks to reform a $71 billion industry [...]