It’s officially 2016, a new year, a chance for a fresh start ... an opportunity to avoid toxic chemicals? While it's not a typical resolution, when it comes to the products you use every single day, it may be the most important one you can make.
Here's the deal: Carcinogens in conventional products usually only show up in small amounts. But when we use multiple products over and over, those small amounts compound and that so-called safe allotment grows into something more complicated.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), women use about 12 products a day with an average of 168 different ingredients, and the average man uses six products daily with an average of 85 unique ingredients. That’s a lot of ingredients we’re putting on our bodies every day, most of which make it into our bloodstream.
Swapping out the products you're used to using may seem like a daunting task, but there are ways to find safer alternatives. The first and easiest place to start is to ask yourself which products you use every day, and then do your best to cut down your exposure to potential carcinogens in those products.
Here are a few other simple product swaps you can make right now or be aware of every day for a safer body and home: