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Beware what you wear! Truth and consequences about beauty products.

Photography, Richard Dubois    Make-up & Hair, Shawna Lee, Judy Inc.

Chemicals and toxins hazardous to our health are staple ingredients in personal care products, in everything from makeup to facial moisturizer and nail polish remover. The average woman wears nearly 515 chemicals a day and may eat nearly 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Our skin absorbs 60% of all topical products, so what we put on it matters. We have looked into some tools to help you choose cleaner, toxin-free products to help you safeguard your health.

Clear Life discovered Think Dirty (@thinkdirty) a new app that tests beauty products by scanning their bar code from your phone to determine a clean or dirty level rating. Two brands that tested clean with the app are @VitaLiberata and their brand new sister brand @NKDSKN.

The downside to the app is it is so new that many products are not yet included in their database, but it is a good start to testing. Another helpful and informative tool is the Sustainable Shopper's Guide, found on It's a list of 12 toxic ingredients to avoid and explains what the affects of those chemicals can be.

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