Terri Wusk, LMT
125 S 10th Street, Geneva, NE 68361
1. Petroleum and Mineral Oil
Petroleum jelly comes from oil which is unsustainable. Refined petroleum and mineral oils also may have contaminants from manufacturing the oils. The Journal of Women's health states in a 2011 study that strong evidence” exists that “mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person.”
2. BHA and BHT Chemicals or Vitamin E Oil
These are found in cosmetics, lip balms, and different packaged foods. They are intended to preserve these products. These chemicals have been tied to respiratory irritation, endocrine disruption, cancer, organ-system toxicity and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Look for products with Vitamin E, which is safe to use in small amounts.
Another preservative for cosmetics is Parabens. They can affect the endocrine system as they are able to get through skin like a weak estrogen. According to breastcancer.org, “Parabens can penetrate the skin and act like a very weak estrogen in the body—potentially turning on the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers.” Look for products with "paraben free" labeling.
4. Undisclosed Fragrances and Flavors
Cosmetic manufactures aren't required to list fragrances and flavors. The ingredients for synthetic fragrances are knoen to have high amounts of phthalates. These negatively affect hormones and are linked to linked to decreased sperm count in men, reduced female fertility, brain development problems, diabetes, asthma and obesity. Phthalates can also increase allergy and asthma symptoms. Look for products with "phthalate-free” or “free from synthetic fragrance” labeling. Or look for products with "scented with essential oils" labeling.
5. Synthetic Colors and Dyes
The most used synthetic colors in hair dyes, known as FD&C color pigments, are found in cosmetics and hair dyes. These color pigments originate from coal tar, a byproduct of petroleum. These pigments have heavy metal salts that put toxins into the skin. This can cause irritation to the skin.
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