My favorite resource for researching the ingredients in my make-up and shower products is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. The website (there’s also a free app!) allows you to search tens of thousands of products from mascara to toothpaste to sunscreen to see how they are rated in terms of toxicity. For example Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free makeup scored an 8 and Dove Cream Oil Shea Butter Body Lotion scored a 6 (0 being low in toxicity and 10 being extremely high). Before I started really looking at ingredients, those are both products I would have bought and used without a second thought. Now, before I buy any new product I research it on the database first to see what the toxins in it are linked to (endocrine disruption! reproductive concerns! cancer!). Given the choice between a face wash that has parabens or SLS in it versus one that is made with only nature-produced ingredients, I’ll take the latter. I now try to stick to products that score a 0-3 on the Skin Deep database. I encourage you to try out the user-friendly database — put in your favorite deodorant, perfume, blush, or face cream. You might be surprised at the results!