Do you know what is in the products you use daily (shampoo, lotions, soaps)? The Environmental Wellness Group has the following list of ingredients to avoid:
How to read a label
Every personal care product must list its ingredients. Here’s how to navigate the label:
- Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:
- Words ending in “paraben”
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
- Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
- Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”
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