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Keep your kids safer in the sun this Fourth of July

This Fourth of July weekend is all about getting out in the sun. Picnics, barbecues and time at the pool are all great excuses to get little ones outside to play and exercise.

Spotlighting women’s health for Women’s Health Month

Women’s relationship to the environment is unique in many ways, with lifestyle choices and habits presenting special challenges, because some of the personal care products they use may contain harmful...

Addressing misinformation on the internet about EWG’s ratings systems

A recent viral social media post about a Bath & Body Works air freshener makes inaccurate and misleading allegations about EWG’s product ratings systems.

Pervasive phthalates: New study links child exposure to cancer

Exposure to phthalates is widespread in the U.S., with more than three in four adults having detectable levels of the chemicals in their urine. And now a new study suggests an association between...

Lose the lilial: European Union ban shows risks of chemical in cosmetics

The European Union’s ban on lilial as an ingredient in cosmetics recently took effect, serving as a timely reminder of the need to end use of the chemical in U.S. personal care products.

Why is cancer-causing benzene widespread in personal care products?

Benzene is a sweet-smelling, petroleum-derived toxic chemical classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a known human carcinogen – and now it’s being detected in many personal care products...

Winter warning: Avoid harmful chemicals when battling dry skin

It’s getting cold in many parts of the U.S., and our skin knows it.

EWG’s 2021 gift guide

It’s hard enough to figure out the perfect gift for some people on your holiday shopping list. It can be more difficult when you factor in a desire to protect the health of your family and the...

Cosmetic face masks that pamper – without toxic chemicals

We could all use a little pampering these days – and cosmetic face masks are a great idea ever. But some are made with chemicals that might harm you.

New EPA data show banning ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics is overdue

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent revelation that the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS are much more toxic than previously believed makes clear it’s beyond time to ban their...

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...
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