Ladies, we know how good it feels to be pampered and polished. Makeup, lotions, nail polish and other personal care products make many of us feel better, happier and more confident. In fact, studies have shown that the average woman uses 12 personal care products every day. The bad news? Those products combined can contain more than 150 unique chemical ingredients.
Many of the chemicals commonly used in beauty products are known hormone disruptors—like parabens, phthalates and hormonal additives—which can cause an increase in breast cancer development. Thankfully, there are plenty of safe products on the market and just as many tools to help you find ‘em. The EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database rates products based on the hazardous chemicals they contain —but savvy searchers can also download the Think Dirty App, which lets you scan products as you’re shopping to find out if they are “clean” or “dirty.”
We turned to SafeCosmetics.org, a campaign working to protect consumer health by highlighting what’s in popular products, to find out which ingredients we should stay away from. Just a heads-up – we’re going to throw some technical terms your way.
Here are the no-no ingredients to keep an eye out for: