Not only is it critical to put clean, safe foods in our bodies, it’s essential to read labels and learn what ingredients are in our personal care products.
When I learned that 30 other countries ban ingredients that cause cancer and other endocrine disruptions, but the US does not, I was shocked. At first, I felt overwhelmed and wanted to go into “head in the sand” mode and tell myself: “But I can’t afford to go through and throw away all of my personal care and cosmetics.” After my health coach training where we dug into the medical conditions related to everyday ingredients in consumer products, I realized that I needed to get educated: about what goes on my body, my skin, one of the key components of my immune system.
I decided to make one small swap at a time and discovered that not ALL of the items I was using were problematic. Phew!
I started using the Environmental Working Group’s Database to evaluate my daily products. It’s amazing, and a free resource that benefits all of us!
Just yesterday, I discovered this amazing tool:
The Environmental Working Group, (EWG), has a free app that you can download and scan more than 12,000 food and personal care products.
Here are 3 things I love about the app:
- You can scan a product in the store or in your cabinets and get an instant readout of its safety levels in terms of : allergens/sensitivity, cancer, or developmental concern.
- You can type in a product’s name on the app if there’s no available barcode.
- The app gives several alternatives to the product so you can choose something safer. They’ve thought of everything!
So check it out, and go through those bathroom cabinets and drawers to see which products are safe! Let me know if you have questions and what you discover along the way!