I came across Skin Deep while researching the safety level of different products. I instantly fell in love with this app because of its easy use and rating system. I immediately ran to my shower, cosmetic bag and medicine cabinet to scan all my products and wow- was I surprised.
What is Skin Deep?
Skin Deep is an app that allows you to scan cosmetics and personal care products to determine how safe it is to use. Each product is rated with a number score (1 to 10) and a level of low, moderate or high.
EWG, the maker of Skin Deep is an organization with boat loads of information on how to avoid harmful chemicals and toxins from both foods and products.
Scan or type in your favorite products to see if they are safe or potentially put your health at risk. It’s also great on your smart phone. It allows you to scan products in the store before you buy. Best of all it’s free!
The app is available for IPhones and Androids. Get your app here.
Many of the products in my bathroom and around my house are purchased with the intention of buying safer, greener products, but I don’t always have the time do the necessary research. I’ve learned quickly that just because a product is geared towards toddlers or sensitive skin, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe.
As I said, I started scanning all the products I could find as soon as I downloaded the app. Here are some of the results I found:
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash Moderate- 5
I honestly thought this was a great product that wouldn’t expose my skin to harmful, unwanted chemicals. I’ve used it as an inexpensive alternative to a product that I had been using in the past. I expected Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash to rate fairly low.
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser Moderate- 6
Growing up, we always used Neutrogena products because we were a family of sensitive skin. The truth is that I had stopped using this cleanser years ago because it didn’t remove makeup well. I’m not sure why I kept it for so long, but I was sure it would rate low with words like “gentle”, fragrance-free” and “dermatologist recommended” written on the bottle.
Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Low- 1
After the last two products, I actually went looking for this because of all the advertising they do about how gentle and good it is for your skin I had to see what it rated.
Tom’s Natural Children’s Fluoride Toothpaste Silly Strawberry Low- 2
I purchased this toothpaste for my daughter after reading a Facebook post that was going around about chemicals in toothpaste based on a color strip on the tube (turns out that was completely false, but I didn’t find that out until after running to the store.)
Once I found out that the color on the tube had nothing to do with chemical composition, I would go back and forth between giving this toothpaste and Orajel, but I’m happy to know this one is safe for her.
Orajel Toddler Training Toothpaste Moderate- 5
I may be wrong about this, but I think this is a pretty popular brand that parents give their kids when they start brushing their teeth. I’ve always felt that this was a reputable brand, so when I scanned their bar code in Skin Deep I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Secret Invisible Solid Spring Breeze Moderate- 5
For years I’ve been concerned with what’s in deodorant, but haven’t found a natural alternative that actually works. Despite knowing it would rate high, I was nervous to scan it and see how high it actually would do.
Neutragena Men Razor Defense Shave Gel High- 7
I was eager to try another Neutragena product after the high rating the face cleanser received in hopes that it was actually a reputable brand with one product hiccup.
Hempz Original Herbal Moisturizer High- 7
Since the word “pure” is written on the front of the bottle I would normally assume this would rate low, but I ended up have a reaction to this lotion after months of using it. When my eczema flared up on my hand, this lotion only made it worse. So how would it rate?
What are your thoughts on this app? Have you used it? Will you try this it? Share any products with ratings you were surprised about below.