Tips for Prevention

Personal Care Product Tips

It’s time to face it. When it comes to health, it’s not just about what we put in our bodies that matters. It’s about what we put on our bodies, too. Our tips offer ways you can reduce your breast cancer risk with safer personal care products.


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1. Read ingredient labels

It is perfectly legal for companies to use ingredients linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive harm in the cosmetics and personal care products we use every day.

Check out these chemicals of concern to avoid ingredients linked to breast cancer and other serious health effects.

2. Don’t be fooled by natural and organic claims

These words have little meaning in the largely unregulated personal care products industry. Natural doesn’t always mean safe (for example, lead) and not all synthetic ingredients are harmful.

3. Avoid fragrance

The word fragrance is a cocktail of ingredients and may include dozens or more potentially harmful chemicals, and can be found in nearly half of all personal care products. Avoid purchasing and using products with the word fragrance or parfum on the label.

4. Revamp your beauty routine

Ditch your old daily routine and replace it with safer cosmetics and personal care products. If it’s too much to do all at once, switch over one product at a time.

5. Use Online Tools to Find Safer Products

Clearya, a free Chrome extension and mobile app, notifies you about unsafe ingredients in your personal care and cleaning products while you shop online at Amazon, Sephora, Walmart, iHerb and Love Letter. Know what’s inside your products with Clearya!

Also, apps like ThinkDirty and EWG’s Skin Deep database rate your personal care products for safety and toxicity.

6. Use products with the MADE SAFE® seal

MADE SAFE® is helping to make it easier to find safer products by labeling them with a special seal. Learn how they certify the safety of personal care and other consumer products, and where you can find them.

7. Choose safer hair and nail salons

Look for healthy nail and hair salons in your community that use safer products. If you can’t find a healthy nail salon in your community, bring your own nontoxic nail polish.
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