Gentle cleansers, mild moisturizers, and careful cosmetics – we all use these products every day. Well yes and this is the main reason why you’ll be shocked when we tell you that these products can be loaded with harmful chemicals. And, one more thin – before you rub that “awesome” cream on your face or body, you might want to read the ingredients on the label. Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Carcinogenic Moisturizing Cream
Study confirms – in a recent study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, in which groups of mice with induced sunburn were treated with four popular moisturizers once a day, five days a week, for 17 weeks: Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream (Eucerin), or Vanicream. And, according to the researchers, the control group was treated with a “Custom Blend cream” and at the end of the study, there were no ill effects to the mice treated with the custom cream. The other groups who were treated with the commercially available creams all developed cancerous tumors.
“The mechanism of the tumorigenic effects of moisturizing creams in UVB-pretreated mice is not known but may be by a tumor-promoting type of mechanism that causes inflammation and proliferation in DNA-damaged skin.”
Note: this research was based an earlier study of the formation of tumors when treated with certain moisturizers before ultraviolet radiation exposure. In that experiment, one of the five substances tested was found to promote rapid growth of cancerous tumors by 40%.
This is very important for you to know – unfortunately, all these moisturizing creams all have in common is mineral oil. While that sounds all healthy because of the “mineral” part, mineral oil is a petroleum product, just like gasoline. We all know that the human skin is incredibly absorbent, and while it does block most harmful substance, ingredients in skincare are made to penetrate these barriers and get all the way through. This mineral oil was identified as a carcinogen in the nineteenth century. And, one more thing – the mineral oil also clogs pores, suffocating skin and leading to pimples and blackheads.
A recent study, conducted by group of researchers in Austria, found traces of toxic mineral oil in the milk of breastfeeding mothers who had applied breast salves that contained the harmful ingredient. A small percentage mineral paraffin’s were also passed to the nursing babies. An earlier study of mineral oil found in breast milk also considered infants directly ingesting the oil while suckling. And yes – the moisturizing cream is not the only product that can contain mineral oil; many suntan and sunscreen products, lip balms, baby oil and rash treatments, cosmetics, shampoos, perfumes, and body cleansers contain it as well.
Mineral oil is known by several names so look for these on the labels of your personal care products too:
- Adepsine oil
- Baby oil
- Lignite oil
- Liquid paraffin
- Mineral seed oil
- Paraffin oil
- White oil
The million-dollar question – what to use instead:
- If you want to moisturize your skin, look for all-natural products with easy-to-understand ingredients.
- According to the experts, fruit and seed oils like castor, avocado, almond, coconut, and olive;
- Aloe Vera gel and honey are nourishing to the skin.
- Did you know that beeswax and shea butter are effective for relieving very dry skin?
- You can make your own sunscreen using coconut oil.
- Fragrance-free products with few ingredients are generally safest.
- Preservatives are added to even “natural” products, so watch out for EDTA, polysorbate-80, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate.
And, one last thing – you should keep in mind that anything that touches your skin will get into your body and much quicker than if you ate it. If you don’t want it in, don’t put it on. Thank you for your time and don’t hesitate to click the share button at the end of the article. Thank you and enjoy your day.