Play Skin Deep
What do I advise to those of you who are just learning how to be green and need an easy way to tell what is OK and what is not? I advise you to go to this lovely website called “Skin Deep,” or the Cosmetic Safety Database. It’s a miracle worker. You literally type in the product, company, or ingredient name into the search, and the item shows up with a hazard score – how toxic it is – from 1 to 10. Zero to 2 is low-hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, and 7-10 high hazard. If you click on the product, it will give you detailed information about links between its ingredients and such things as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, and endocrine disruption.
Despite the serious subject, think of it as a game and try to get the lowest score possible. I just played Skin Deep and was shocked to see that a couple of things I had thought were fine were a 6 on the hazard scale (although I was pleased to see that my shampoo is a 2)! Even for the chemically experienced, this site is a lifesaver. So never fear! Now there is an easy way for you to check out what you’re using. It’s quite eye opening, indeed. Play Skin Deep with your products!
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