How To Read a Product LabelSome tips on reading cosmetic and personal care product labels…
- Ingredients are listed in descending order of amount in the product. So if you do see an ingredient you’re concerned about, but it’s the last one listed, you can take that into consideration (there’s probably a very tiny amount of it).
- If you want no exposure whatsoever, follow these tips by EWG. Including: avoid parabens, triclosan, chemicals with PEG or “-eth” in the name…
- "Organic", "natural"? Hooey. Currently, products labeled as organic require only 70% of the ingredients to be grown organically.
- Don’t follow the guideline that “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it”. Butyrospermum Parkii? That’s a tough one to say, but Shea Butter never hurt anyone. Ingredients must be listed using the INCI standard, so even natural oils and butters have tough names. Learn to recognize ingredients instead.
- Want to find out a replacement product for something you’re ready to part with based on some ingredients you don’t like? Try Skin Deep or Good Guide.
- To get the greatest reduction in exposures, start by avoiding nail polish (and remover), hair color, and mascara.
What’s gotten into me??
I just signed up for my office’s summer softball team. And I’m thinking about doing a bootcamp exercise program in July. And I’m running 2 half marathons, a Ragnar Relay, a 5k and a 10k between now and September. Maybe it has something to do with turning 29 this summer…
Half Marathon Training and Rambling
I’ve been exercising pretty regularly the past year or so, and I wanted to get back into some running again. So I recently registered for the Rutgers Half Marathon in April. It’s soon enough that I need to get to training ASAP, but not far enough out that I can drag it out and become uninspired. They posted this schedule online, and I tweaked it a bit to work with my daily schedule. This may mean getting up to run before work on some mornings, which is a near miracle for me. We’ll see how that goes. I’m aiming for a 9:30 pace or so, nothing extravagant. If this race goes well, I might have my sister/coach give me a schedule that improves my speed for the Jersey City Half in September. Encouragement and your favorite running stories now being accepted!
Now if only all the damn snow and ice would melt so I can run outside!