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EWG's Healthy Home Tip 1: Choose better body care products

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Most people use around 10 personal care products every day with an average of 126 unique ingredients. The government's NOT protecting us. We'd like to believe that the government is policing the safety of all of these mixtures we're putting on our bodies, but they're not. Instead, these under-regulated chemicals are causing concerns for human health and the environment - whether they seep through your skin or wash down your drain. We think you deserve better than that. So we created a our Healthy Home Tips series to make it easier to safeguard your family's health. This month's tip is: Choose better body care products.

What makes a body care product "better"? Better products meet their claims and are free of ingredients that could harm our health or the environment. Labels might claim that a product is "gentle" or "natural," but with no required safety testing, companies that make personal care products can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks. So, always read product labels - especially the ingredient list - before you buy. Learn how to choose better body care products We make these choices as simple as possible on our Healthy Home Tips page, where you'll learn:

  • How to read a label
  • How to shop for the grown-ups in the house
  • How to find the safest body care products for your kids

Tell your friends about our Healthy Home Tips We know you're not the only one who wants to choose better body care products. Tell your friends about our Healthy Home Tip Series so they, too, can be informed when faced with rows of under-regulated products at the store. More about EWG's Healthy Home Tips In May we announced a new Healthy Home Tips email series here on Enviroblog. Have you signed up yet? If not, hop on our children's health and toxics e-list so you can get the next 10 tips right in your inbox.

Talk to you in a month when we discuss our next Healthy Home Tip: Going organic and eating fresh foods.