Today I want to chat with you all about something that is not at all related to food. Sometimes when we think about living a healthier life we focus SO much on what we put IN our bodies that we forget how important it is to also focus on what we put ON our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ and the products that we apply to our skin every single day play a huge role in our overall health. As many of you know, I am really not into fear mongering and I truly believe that sharing information like this is only helpful if I provide you with the tools to make healthier options and to realize that it is not a daunting task to slowly change over your products.
The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database is AMAZING if you’re looking to transition some of the products in your home to ones that have safer ingredients. Some of my clients feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out how to best use this database, so today I am going to take you through, step by step, how I use this database to research safer products to try!
Switching over to safer personal care products has become more and more popular over the last couple of years, as we as consumers have become more aware of the impact that some of these chemicals can have on our health.
One of the biggest issues is that companies have caught on to this trend and have been “health washing” their products (click here for the issue with Aveeno products being marketed as “natural”). By health washing, I mean that companies are marketing their products to consumers as being a “healthy” or more “natural” alternative, when really they contain the same potentially harmful ingredients as any other product on the shelf.
There are also ways that companies can hide the chemicals that they are using in their products. This is by using a catchall term in their ingredients… “fragrance” or “parfum”. I will do a whole separate post on this in the future, but for now, I just recommend limiting products that contain the word “fragrance” or “parfum” in their ingredient list.
The Skin Deep database by the Environmental Working Group is truly amazing and it is the first place I go to search out new brands! Let me take you through how I use it to explore new products!
I start here.
It looks like this:
If I am searching out a particular product, I simply type the company name in the search bar. If I am looking for a healthier alternative and don’t really know where to start, I use the tabs at the top of the page.
For example, if I am looking to try a healthier alternative to traditional nail polish, I go to the “nail” tab at the top and click “nail polish”. Products are then rated in a list from 1-10 (1 being a better choice and 10 being a not so great choice).
This is what it will look like:
Many of the best-rated products you are able to find at your local health food store or on Amazon! I typically go to www.amazon.com and search the best rated products on the EWG database and read the reviews before trying out a new product (insider hack). I use Amazon.com instead of Amazon.ca to read reviews because typically there are more reviews on .com than .ca and I want to read as many customer reviews as possible before spending money on a product!
I hope this helps you all to feel comfortable using this database to start switching over to healthier products. If you haven’t done so yet, please come over and like my Facebook page . I will be going live soon sharing some product reviews and healthy household swaps.
Let’s make 2018 the year where we transition to healthier personal care products! Anyone else with me? Let me know in the comments below!
Yours in Health,