Skin, the bodies largest organ
10 Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients that should be Avoided
(but that are in most “natural” products)
Butyl and Ethyl and Methyl and Propyl Parabens – These products are used to inhibit microbial growth and to extend the shelf life of products. They have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes but they are widely used although they are known to be toxic. (Methyl paraben combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals to become even more toxic).
Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea – After parabens, these are the most commonly used preservatives. The American Academy of Dermatology has established that they are a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Germall II and Germall 115 are two trade names for these chemicals. Neither chemical have a good antifungal, and must be combined with other preservatives. Germall 115 releases formaldehyde at just over 10 degrees. These chemicals are toxic.
Petrolatum/Mineral Oil – Petrolatum is one of the most common ingredients in lip products advertised as protective from sunburn, chapping, etc. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly. Mineral oil causes problems when used on the skin photo-sensitively (in other words – it promotes skin damage, not prevent it). It also interferes with the body’s natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. It is used by manufacturers because it is extremely cheap.
Propylene Glycol – Usually made from a synthetic petro-chemical mix, it is used as a humectant. It has been known to cause allergic and toxic reactions. If made from vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural, it is safer.
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