Skin Deep®

Skin Deep®

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

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+ By Environmental Working Group

How many personal-care products do you use in a day?

Your grooming rituals probably include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products (if you’re a man) and makeup (if you’re a woman).

And what about your children? Sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo and lotion are common kids’ products.

Most people use cosmetics and other personal-care items without a second thought, believing that the government makes sure they’re safe. Not so. No health studies or pre-market testing are required.

EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database is the world's largest safety reference tool for personal-care products. EWG has launched this app to provide you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings at your fingertips for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

Americans’ frequent exposure to cosmetics and personal-care products raises questions about the potential health risks of the myriad under-assessed ingredients they contain. These ingredients end up in the bodies of nearly every American.

When you know what chemicals are in the products you bring into your home and how they may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace.

This Skin Deep® app has information and online safety assessments for more than 72,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients, culled from product labels and from the scientific and industry literature.

To calculate a product score, we tally the hazards of each ingredient and evaluate every product in relation to all the others in Skin Deep®. The safest products score well by both measures: a low hazard rating AND fair or better data availability. EWG’s ratings are the best available information you can find on the safety of personal-care product ingredients.

Comments and ratings for Skin Deep®
  • (61 stars)

    by Ian Kerr on 15/04/2014

    I would love to use this app, but it does not work on my S3. Screen size is a mess and you can't read anything except the donate page

  • (61 stars)

    by Gabrielle Messina on 15/04/2014

    Works great. Wish they'd add on diapers!

  • (61 stars)

    by Tsi Jin Lam on 10/04/2014

    It would be nice if they also have something about Asia make up like etude house inessfree and other make up it would be nice if they had a wider range op products research

  • (61 stars)

    by Som Amghrabi on 09/04/2014


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    by Lydia Dailey on 05/04/2014

    Used the bar code scanner and my phone froze. Like to never got it to work again. Good bye skin deep!

  • (61 stars)

    by Maren Pedersen on 04/04/2014

    Unreadable on my RAZR Maxx Font is short and wide on half the screens and won't rotate to landscape. Too bad because the information is so important. Back to the website! Thanks for trying.

  • (61 stars)

    by Ann Ching on 03/04/2014

    Thankyou for making this