Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 3 of 5

Continuation of April 23rd article: Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 2 of 5

Mineral oil – Mineral Oil is a petroleum derivative whose chemical makeup is similar to petroleum jelly.   It is odorless, tasteless and inexpensive.  Mineral oil blocks the skin pores and do not allow the skin to breathe and release toxins.  Some researchers say toxins are not released through the skin as many claim.  However, when we sweat our body and skin release toxins as it cools the body.  

People who have oily skin should avoid this chemical since it only makes the skin greasier regardless of what your point of view of the chemical is.

Mineral Oil claim is it helps alleviate skin conditions when in reality it pulls the moisture out of the skin that it needs to stay healthy.  As it pulls moisture from the skin it damages newly formed skin cells as they develop and slows down the renewal rate causing premature aging.

Mineral Oil has a direct link to cancer because of the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which naturally occur in coal and petroleum.  PAH has been linked to gastrointestinal, bladder and lung cancer.  The FDA requires warning labels on some of the over-the-counter products that contain mineral oil, but not on all. Mineral oil found in cosmetics are highly refined to remove the PAHs, therefore are not required to display a warning label.   This is controversial in many groups because of lack of research to prove or disprove if refined mineral oils harmful.

Triethanolamine – Commonly known as TEA, it is made of ethylene oxide and ammonia, both are known toxins.  Its main use is to adjust the pH in skincare products.  It is known as a drying agent for the skin; over long periods of use it is a toxic to the skin. 

Used in low dosages TEA has shown cell mutation and has been linked to bladder and liver cancer.  It can cause itching and burning when used on the skin.  Europe has banned the use of TEA because of its known carcinogenic effects.  However the FDA still allows it usage in the US. 

As mentioned previously, this skin cream contains many ingredients that help the skin absorb the cream deep into the skin.   This means that since TEA is used in this cream it is being pulled “deep” into your skin.

The following items contain TEA; eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blushes, foundations, hair care products, shaving products, sunscreens, and skin cleaning products.

Allantion – is all natural! It is odorless, safe, non-toxic, and non-allergenic. Allantion is found in most mammals and plants including comfrey, sugar beet, tobacco seed, chamomile, and wheat sprouts.

It is commonly used in homemade soaps, lotions and bath products.  It has proven to be effective when treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Allantoin helps keep the skin soft and smooth.  It is useful for dry skin, healing wounds, burns, scars, sunburns, chapped lips, cold sores, diaper rash, and similar skin irritations.  It is healthy for all skin types.

See part 4 of 5 on Thur., April 25th.

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