November 23, 2005

Skin Deep Cosmetics Evaluation Site

You know how it is; you like using various cosmetics, shampoos, hair whatevers … but wonder if they're good for you? Do those skin creams contain elements that do as much bad as good, and just what are all those chemicals?!

Lynn sent us a link to the Skin Deep cosmetics evaluation database of the Environmental Working Group site:

Skin Deep is a personal care product safety guide with in-depth information on 14,229 products — 988 brands of lotion, lip balm, deodorant, sunscreen and other popular products — and the 6,922 ingredients that form them. With its core of 37 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer products.

Plenty of information on the site; we're happy (to put it one way) to find evaluations of various cosmetics items. You may be too, as they're not all the same.

Among other things:

In October 2005 we released a new tool within Skin Deep that allows site users to enter new products into our online database. Immediately after entering product label and product use information, the site user receives a preliminary safety assessment report on the product, built on Skin Deep's product and ingredient rating system.

Sounds useful. After all, the skin is not some kind of cast-iron protective armore; anything put on it can sink into the body. And we've already found that out "favorite" nail polish remover is ::ahem:: not so good for us. Surely the others may not be "good" for one, but it appears that some are less good than others. <grin>

[See also a search for "Environmental Working Group".]

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