We have always heard the old saying “you are what you eat”, but did you know that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it?  We know you’re busy so we have streamlined a simple list for things to avoid.  And by the way, this is not a tree hugger speech to convert you into the au naturel movement where you only use apple cider vinegar to wash your hair and coconut oil to brush your teeth.  No way.  Unless you want to, and in that case, peace sista’!  We welcome you to continue your fabulous lifestyle and just look out for the ingredients below that can cause more harm than good, to your skin beauty and health.

 

Mineral Oil

Used as an emollient and lubricant in beauty products such as night creams and eye make-up, this is a sub product of petroleum which covers the skin like a plastic wrap and causes clogged pores.  It interferes with the skin’s capability of eliminating toxins, thus promoting breakouts and cysts.  Added to this, it slows down cell development resulting in premature aging.  Who knew that innocent looking baby oil with cute pink packaging could be so harmful?  Next time we’ll scrutinize the label, even the baby stuff…    

 

1,4-Dioxane

Already this name makes us terrified.  What ingredient could possible need to add not only numbers but also a coma to its name?  We don’t know and we don’t want to find out but this sounds very “Star Trek” and not in a good way.  It turns out that this skin care offender is used to increase the penetration capability of moisturizers, body lotions and self-tanners. But the National Toxicology Center considers it a well-known carcinogen.  Other reported hazards for humans are migraines, vertigo, anorexia, lung deficiency and skin irritations.  We’re staying away from this one!  Far far AWAY.

 

BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)

This one appears in many beauty products including skin care and personal hygiene.  It’s used as an antioxidant in skin care and anti-aging formulas.  Its use is illegal in European Union countries due to its toxicity on the immune system.  Additionally, it disrupts the endocrine system and increases toxins in the liver, brain, lungs and reproductive system.  In Europe it’s been named a potential carcinogenic.  Can you say très terrible?  (For a potent antiaging free of BHT, try Moisture Intensiv Restorative Crème with Pentapeptide 3 for the same antioxidant effect with none of the risks)

 

Phthalates

These are chemicals found in hundreds of products used to increase their flexibility and softness.  Specially used in creams, nail polish, deodorants and some plastics.  Just this past January 1st, the European Union prohibited their use in the production of plastic toys.  These may get introduced to a child’s mouth and cause harm to the endocrine and reproductive system as well as an increased risk of developing asthma and cancer.  There are 6 types of Phthalates that you can’t even use in the production of toys given their many dangers but some are still found in skincare and cosmetics.

 

Aluminum

Another important element to be very suspicious about is aluminum.  But before the paranoia starts, we want to point out that we’re not talking about the one in your PB & J sandwich’s aluminum foil.  Your lunch is safe!  The other aluminum though, the aggressor included in some skin care, deodorants and sunscreens, is said to increase toxicity in the body.  There have also been studies done by the World Health Organization which link aluminum with the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people.  Another concern of this element is that it binds to your DNA and can modify its structure as well as its genetic activity.  The absorption of aluminum can happen orally or through the skin but it is absorbed 10 times faster through the skin making it far more dangerous.  So yes, keep a look out for this one, with a magnifying glass.  (For aluminum free UVA and UVB protector that is also anti-aging, try Moisture Protectiv Day Crème).

 

There you have it.  Knowledge is power!  Now you know what and how to buy.  Make a fun habit of reading labels diligently on anything you apply to your skin so you and your family stay healthy and most importantly, without irritations.  Demand quality products, you deserve it.

 

Stay healthy!

WS