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Safer shopping tips Make your own safe


cosmetics guide
‹ Use fewer, simpler products.
‹ Don’t trust claims like “dermatologist-tested,” 1. Cut along dotted line.
“natural,” or “organic.” Read the ingredient 2. Fold guide in half down
label instead. the middle.
‹ Take label warnings seriously. They indicate
3. Fold guide into thirds,
hazardous chemicals. like an accordion, to
make it pocket-sized.
‹ Look up your products’ reviews at EWG’s
cosmeticsdatabase.com.

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID With no required safety


SUNSCREENS CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS
testing, cosmetics
DMDM hydantoin and ‹ Stay in the shade from 10 ‹ Avoid boric acid and
companies can use
Imidazolidinyl urea am to 4 pm sodium borate in diaper
toxic contaminants almost any chemical cream
they want, regardless ‹ Wear a hat, sunglasses, &
Fragrance and dyes protective clothing ‹ Avoid 2-bromo-2-nitropro-
of risks. Read labels
allergies, cancer, nervous system pane-1,3-diol in baby wipes
before you buy. ‹ Use SPF 30 or higher
Methylchloroisothiazolinone ‹ Avoid toothpaste with
‹ Avoid sprays and the
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ingredient oxybenzone
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Anti-aging creams ‹ Avoid play makeup like
‹ Use 7% or higher zinc
Parabens or “-paraben” with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and lipstick, perfume, and
oxide or titanium dioxide
hormone effects BHA acids nail polish
‹ Avoid added bug repellent

“PEG” and “-eth” Hair dyes More tips and product reviews at
toxic contaminants with ammonia, peroxide, p-phe-
nylenediamine, diaminobenzene; cosmeticsdatabase.com
Sodium lauryl or laureth all dark permanent hair dyes
sulfate ‹ Subscribe to EWG’s newsletter.
skin damage, toxic contaminants Liquid hand soaps Sign up at ewg.org/signup
with triclosan
Triclosan and triclocarban ‹ Support the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act.
thyroid and environmental concerns Nail polish and removers Learn more at ewg.org/kidsafe
with formaldehyde
Triethanolamine (TEA)
allergies, toxic contaminants Skin lighteners
with hydroquinone ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP

For more information on this list, visit cosmeticsdatabase.com The power of information
ewg.org