PEGs are found in a variety of skincare products. Their role is to soften the skin as an emollient; to act as an emulsifier, which helps water-based and oil-based ingredients mix properly; and as a vehicle that helps the rest of the ingredients reach deeper into the skin. PEGs are also carcinogenic petroleum products which, in fact, actually disrupt the natural moisture balance of your skin. So, in addition to being bad in and of themselves, the penetration ability of PEGs also allow the other toxic ingredients in your products to reach deeper into your skin. Plus, PEG often come with their own toxic impurities. Want this stuff on and in your body?
Mineral oil, found in many skincare products, is another petroleum derivative that actually coats the skin and keeps it from breathing. The skin’s absorption and excretion functions are also slowed, as is the skin’s natural cellular development. Instead of being good for your skin, it causes premature aging instead. So, why use it? Unfortunately, many baby skincare products contain mineral oil.
Read your labels and look for mineral oil. Toss the bad stuff! Go clean!
The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb UV light, research has shown that it is also absorbed by the skin and stays in our bodies for an amount of time that is unknown. You will find it in most nail polishes, hair sprays and cosmetics. It's used as a photostabilizer."According to the EWG, oxybenzone is found in 80% of chemical sunscreens. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected oxybenzone in more than 96% of the US population, with higher concentrations found during the summer months." Chances you have used a sunscreen with this ingredient in you life is very high. But now you know the truth. Please read your label, make it a habit and share the love. #MisleadingMonday