Our skin absorbs whatever we put on it, including the hundreds of synthetic chemicals used in shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, makeup, powders, perfumes, skin softeners and nail polish. Many ingredients in these products have well-documented health risks, but the FDA does not require manufacturers to submit their products for third-party testing before they are permitted on the market.

The suspect ingredients in these products are primarily chemicals contained in fragrances, preservatives and coloring agents. Health problems that have been associated with exposure to these chemicals range from contact dermatitis to endocrine disruption and, in some cases, cancer. Click here to see a list of the "Top Cosmetic Chemicals You Should Avoid."

To limit or avoid exposure, look for products that contain the fewest ingredients (for example, soap made from olive oil) and those which contain certified organic ingredients. Select the safer alternatives for products you use most often, or those that are used on large body surfaces, such as moisturizers. This is especially important when selecting products for use on children.

Suggested Products

Aubrey Organics – A leader in all-natural hair and skin care for more than 33 years.

Avalon – Avalon Natural Products is inspired by organic agriculture and the ongoing cause of sustainability.

Dr. Hauschka – A holistic skin-care regimen that uses plant and mineral ingredients carefully selected based on their individual effects and their interaction with other ingredients.

Jurlique – Jurlique natural skin care uses active herbal ingredients, natural antioxidants and plant based ingredients and herbs grown organically on their own farms in South Australia.

Lavera – Lavera is committed to skin care products with only the purest organic ingredients and the absence of synthetic preservatives, additives, petroleum-based ingredients, emulsifiers, colors and fragrances.

Logona Cosmetics – A leading supplier of natural facial care, hair care, body and oral care and cosmetics products utilizing vegetable oils and waxes, herbal extracts and floral distillates.

Miessence – Internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutritional products.

Terressentials – Using only 100% USDA-certified organic ingredients, Terressentials handcrafts a wide range of organic products made with certified organic herbs and certified organic essential oils.

Weleda – Certified organic products in facial care, cosmetics, aromatherapy, body care, hair care, baby care and wellness.