EWG Skin Deep Tutorial





How to verify the health and safety of any product using the EWG Skin Deep search engine.

About EWG

The Environmental Working Group or EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization started by a father, Ken Cook, who felt he wanted to be in control of the chemicals his son was being exposed to in everyday products. See their story below:

Step 1

Click on the following link: 

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Step 2

Either enter a product type (e.g. Wipes), select a product type from one of the pull-down menus (see screenshot below), or enter an exact product name (e.g. Honest Company wipes) into the search bar.  Click search.

Step 3:

If you did a search on a product category (e.g. Wipes), a list of products should appear with a Hazard Score Rating (see legend below) in alphabetical order from least to most hazardous. Select an individual product.

 

Step 4

On top of the Hazard Score, an individual product will show an Ingredients Concern table (see screenshot below). 

The overall hazard of a product is based on the following three categories:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental & reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies & immunotoxicity 

Almost every product has some risk of allergies so the goal is to choose products with minimal risk of Cancer and, Developmental and reproductive toxicity. 

Please note that it is not always possible to find a specific product with no risk in these two categories. For example, the active ingredient in sunscreen, zinc oxide, has a very small risk of organ toxicity. In this case, the risk of organ toxicity is much less than the risk of skin cancer from the sun!!!

Eco-Friendly Parents will always recommend products with EWG ratings of 1-2.

Step 5

Finally, scroll down and there will be a list of the ingredients in the product from worst to best (see screenshot below), each with its own Hazard Score. You can now decide if this product meets your own personal health criteria or choose to perform another search.

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