Are Your Personal Care Products Toxic?

Potential hazards and health risks associated with exposure to chemicals are certainly worthwhile concerns, as we aim to protect our families and ourselves from harm. Why then are most of us in the dark when it comes to chemical ingredients found in personal care products and cosmetics, which we use daily?

Metro Eye’s Ocular Surface Disease Clinic Director, Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski, OD, explains: “Most people trust that if a product is available to the consumer market, then it must have been tested and deemed safe for use. Unfortunately, this is not true. I have seen patients suffer from the negative effects of certain personal care products without a clue that they were using something that was harmful, creating many problematic physical reactions including eye health issues. To educate my patients concerning product toxicity, I strongly recommend Environmental Working Group’s ‘Skin Deep’ database, as it is a very valuable resource.”

Environmental Working Group was formed in 2004 to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s online ‘Skin Deep’ database gives you practical solutions, to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposure to chemicals. Their staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases, providing you with easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

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