I Used GoodGuide to…

Last week, my father emailed me to ask about eye creams that contained a special active ingredient, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcon (HMC). His first course of action, the Google search, happened to lead him to GoodGuide’s page for this ingredient. His second course of action was to email me for GoodGuide’s recommendations.

Since I’m not a dermatologist, I relied on GoodGuide to suggest products that met my dad’s requirement. (For the science nerds out there, HMC is a flavonoid naturally present in citrus fruits. The compound improves the integrity of capillaries and veins, and so is often added to personal care products to reduce inflammation). In order to help Dad along, I decided to walk him through the process of using GoodGuide to find the best eye creams containing HMC. To his surprise, there were three easy steps:

  1. First, determine whether there are any negative health effects associated with the ingredient by reading the grey box on the ingredient page.
  2. Next, click on the “Eye Cream & Treatment” link to the right of the health concern box. This allows you to search within your category of interest.
  3. Finally, scroll down to see the list of eye creams & treatments that contain HMC. Take note of the top rating product, and you’re done!
  4. (optional) If you’re curious, dive deeper into the ratings by browsing the product pages for products that rate highly.

Finding out which products contain or don’t contain an ingredient of interest is just one of the many surprise features of GoodGuide. Another story is from Melissa Cole of New York City, who did a GoodGuide scan of her on-the-go makeup and concluded that a makeup overhaul was in order. After going through this exercise with my father and reading about Melissa’s revelations, I realized that there must be some great ways folks out there have used GoodGuide to learn about products and change what they buy.

Have you made any discoveries while using GoodGuide that others might find useful? Share your story below!

About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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