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Does DMDM hydantoin really cause hair loss? Here’s what you need to know

DMDM hydantoin, a preservative in shampoos, conditioners and other water-based personal care products, is the focus of several class-action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Unilever claiming...

On protecting consumers from toxics in cosmetics, U.S. lags at least 80 countries

U.S. efforts to promote consumer safety by regulating chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics are falling further behind the rest of the world, according to a new EWG analysis.

The good glow: Stay safe with protective sunscreens this summer

Sunscreen helps reduce the risk of sunburns and long-term skin damage, but only one in four products offers adequate protection and does not contain worrisome ingredients, according to an EWG analysis...

Steer clear of formaldehyde-releasing hair-smoothing treatments

For more than a decade, the Food and Drug Administration and the cosmetics industry have known that keratin hair-smoothing treatments – commonly called “Brazilian blowout” treatments – release unsafe...

Six ways to boost your health this spring

The start of spring means longer days, stronger UV rays, open windows and spring cleaning. Here are a few tips EWG suggests for safely enjoying the season.

Avoiding the Hidden Dangers in Cosmetics and Fragrance Gift Sets

It's been a long and hard year, and many of us are looking forward to the festivities and traditions of the holiday season. Although Covid-19 restrictions make it difficult for many to celebrate in...

Protecting Your Skin From Winter Weather

Winter is here, and that means colder temperatures and drier air. In the grips of a global pandemic, more of us are spending time outdoors. But being outside in the cold can bring cracked lips and dry...

EWG-Commissioned Tests Finds Cancer-Causing Asbestos in Talc-based Cosmetics

Earlier this year, EWG reported results of tests that found the notorious carcinogen asbestos in samples of talc-based cosmetics. EWG-commissioned tests by Scientific Analytical Institute found...

With New Laws To Protect Public Health, California Continues Environmental Leadership

In the wake of the Trump administration's rollback of more than 100 federal environmental regulations, California has again showed leadership, with new laws to protect public health. In the past two...

Timeline: The FDA’s Failure to Regulate ‘Brazilian Blowout’ Hair Treatments

For more than a decade, the Food and Drug Administration and the cosmetics industry have known that keratin hair-smoothing treatments – commonly called “Brazilian blowout” treatments – release unsafe...

Study Highlights Importance of Cosmetics Ingredient Safety Tests

For many cosmetics products, exposure through your mouth may seem unlikely. Still, it's important to consider oral dosing in assessing the safety of cosmetics ingredients, according to a new European...

European Regulators Find ‘No Safe Level’ of Hormone-Disrupting Chemical Common in Cosmetics

A notoriously hazardous cosmetic ingredient now has another black mark on its record: Butylparaben – a hormone-disrupting chemical used as a preservative in personal care products and linked to cancer...

5 Sunscreen Myths Debunked

Since EWG released its first Guide to Sunscreens more than a decade ago, many things about the products have changed. But myths about sunscreens persist.

Everything You Need to Know About California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act

A piece of legislation winding its way through the California legislature could be the biggest influence on U.S. cosmetics safety for close to a century. The bill would ban a dozen of the most...

It’s Time To End the Use of Talc in Loose Powders

The news, announced Tuesday, that Johnson & Johnson will soon end the sale of baby powder with talc is long overdue. Because talc and asbestos can form in the same parent rock, cosmetics made with...

Hair Color With Less Harm: New In-Home Hair Dyes in Skin Deep®

As many hair salons remain closed months into the national shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, at-home hair dyes are flying off store shelves. But many of these products may contain...

Five Ways To Clean Up Your Beauty Routine During COVID-19 Lockdown

Being stuck at home for weeks on end stinks. But it's necessary to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, so let's make the best of it. EWG came up with ways to take advantage of this time of self...

Protecting Your Hands During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By now you may have seen the effects of repeated handwashing, and they're not pretty.

Hair Dye Is Flying Off Store Shelves

Americans are stocking up on hair dye, according to a new report by NPR. The article lists some of Nielsen's data about what Americans were buying the week ending March 21. Sales for hair dye...

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer: Is There a Link?

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of aluminum-free antiperspirants and deodorants on the market. The trend has been led by smaller, boutique brands marketed as “natural,” such as Here +...

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