Regardless of whether you have dry or normal skin, I am pretty sure you use body lotion on a daily basis. What’s more, you probably apply it two times a day – in the morning and in the evening. By mentioning all this, I am not trying to say it’s a bad habit (it can’t be, because it keeps your skin elastic and hydrated) but aareyou sure that your favorite body lotion is safe for use?
There are thousands of chemicals used in personal care products and you can only guess hhowmany of them enter our bodies. Even though all this may sound scary, there is a simple way to make sure that you are not threatening your health.
read the labels and make informed choices. Today, we’d like to help you get familiar with 5 of the most commonly used ingredients in body lotions that are big no-no if you don’t want to sacrifice your health in the name of beauty.
. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
BHA is a food preservative and stabilizer that routinely shows up in body lotions, as well as everything from lipstick to yeast infection treatments. But beware—it's an endocrine disruptor and "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen," according to the National Toxicology Program.
Fragrance + Parfum
You may think it's nice that your lotion smells like strawberries and cream, but there's no way that scent is natural. When you see "fragrance" or "parfum" on a label, read "a toxic mix of chemicals the manufacturer doesn't want to tell you about." Most notably, this includes diethyl phthalate, according to the Environmental Working Group. You may have already heard of phthalates since they're used in just about everything from cosmetics to insecticides to wood finishes—and they're known to be endocrine disruptors and toxic to organ systems. Synthetic fragrances like the ones used in lotions also emit harmful VOCs, which pollute indoor air quality and cause reparatory allergies and asthma.
also known as Petrolatum or Petroleum jelly is the most widely used ingredient in the cosmetic industry, after water. It’s extremely cheap and easy to obtain,
which is why it can be found on virtually every ingredient list – starting from facial creams and hair serum and ending at body lotions and shampoos.
Some scientist categorize mineral oil as xenohormone (means “foreign”) and claim that it can iinterfere with the normal function of your endocrine system, affecting negatively your immunity.
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