“Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products”, according to the Environmental Working Group. Considering it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your skincare to enter your bloodstream it makes a plenty of sense to take a closer look at what you’re using on your skin and home every single day.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but lately there’s a real movement around educating ourselves about the ingredients inside of food, skincare, and house cleaning products. Thankfully the digital age is conveniently supplying us with some fantastic tools to help decipher what’s safe and what’s not. The toxic products on the market are too extensive to list individually (and their own individual ingredient lists are often even more extensive). It’s a very confusing exercise trying to work out what’s safe and what’s not.
The good news is some clever people have developed apps that can help you field the differences between different products. Many of the listed products apply to those stocked in the USA however I have found many product listings apply internationally.
Here are some of the top rated apps for discerning shoppers:
Cost: $8.99. Know what food additives and cosmetic ingredients to avoid The Chemical Maze was written to make it simpler and easier to recognise additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics having the potential to cause discomfort and ill-health. With this recognition comes freedom of choice and for many a new lease on life. Chemical Maze breaks down individual ingredients, and it contains extensive information which is handy for international shoppers.
Cost: Free. Find safe, healthy, green, & ethical products based on scientific ratings. With over 200,000 products on the GoodGuide site, they can help you find what you’re looking for. GoodGuide scientists rate products on a The overall score for a product is an average of the above three scores. scale for their health, environment, and social impact.
Cost: Free. From the Environmental Working Group (EWG) get critical information about your personal care products right at your fingertips. At the store? Use the Skin Deep Mobile app’s barcode scanner to see EWG’s score for the product you’re thinking of buying. Use EWG’s Skin Deep top tips to take the guesswork out of shopping for personal care products. With the Skin Deep Mobile app’s history, you can find scores of products you’ve scanned before. Have a favorite shampoo or moisturizer? Save it in your “favorites” list and you’ll always be able to find its score.
Cost: Free. Finding safer alternatives is a huge challenge. Although many products are labeled “all-natural” or “organic”, there is little transparency in labeling cosmetics. There was also no real tool out there for consumers to find information easily. Think Dirty® empowers and educates the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase. The mobile app launched in Summer 2013 with more than 68,300 products listed (and this list is growing all the time).
Cost: Free. We apply a myriad of health and beauty products to our bodies every day, and rarely do we stop to think about the ingredients contained within these products and the effects they may have on us. Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners, Creams, Deodorant, Makeup, Toothpaste; just a few of the many products that you likely use on a daily basis.
I hope you found this info helpful!
♥ Kelly Lynne
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Disclaimer. I am not paid for my reviews. My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years. I use various resources to find my information. An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet. You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface. My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.