The Environmental Working Group is one of my new favorite websites. Two things happened that made me become a frequent visitor to their database: I had a baby, and my mom died of cancer (and not in that order).
The EWG’s Cosmetic Database catalogs thousands of different beauty products on sale that I routinely and unthinkingly used for years: moisturizers, makeup, shampoos, body soap, toothpaste, deodorant, nail polish…. the list goes on. Regulation of these products by the government is abysmal and mostly nonexistent, which basically means the corporations can put anything they want in our beauty products.
It’s irresponsible and immoral and should be illegal, but like so many other things in this day and age, it’s up to US to be vigilant about our health and bodies.
Since summer is blooming here in the USA, the EWG posted the inside scoop on that sunblocking goop you religiously put on your body – and your baby’s body. The FDA announced they would regulate sunscreen… 32 years ago. Which explains how a sunscreen marketed specifically for babies scored a 7 out of 10 on the toxin scale. That poison ended up in my cabinet, and I wouldn’t dump into the ground, never mind rub onto my child.
Check out the EWG’s winner and losers in sunscreens.
If you have a smartphone, download the EWG’s handy and free sunscreen app – I’ve had a lot of fun with it already. ;)