Skin Scare Ingredients
I really want to cut through the literary fluff and get to the meat of this story. So here it goes, I took the "ingredient" list from a very common lotion brand and broke down what the ingredients actually are and what they do. Not gonna lie, it's pretty fucking lame what is sold to us under the assumption that it will make our skin glowing, healthy, and youthful. We have to really ask ourselves if compromising our long term health is really worth the temporary relief we may experience from using products like this.
Don't forget, our skin is the largest organ and the first line of defense in maintaining homeostasis: the bodies ability to maintain and stable internal environment despite external changes.
So let's jump into this cesspool of endocrine disruptors and animal fat (yup, animal fat).
WATER, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL DILAURATE, DIMETHICONE, CETYL ESTERS, LANOLINOIL, FRAGRANCE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, ARGININE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLPARABEN, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE.
Remember the goal, at a bare minimum, is to heal your dry skin. Keep that in mind as you read on.
DMDM Hydantoin: A formaldehyde releaser. Known human immune toxicant. Is rated 7 (High Hazard) out of 10 according to www.ewg.org (a cosmetic database) and it’s included in 72 skin care products including (but certainly not limited to): baby lotion, baby shampoo, sunscreens, eye liner, bubble bath, make-up remover, etc.
Sodium Hydroxide: It is manufactured and at room temperature is a white crystaline solid that is completely odorless. Also know as caustic soda or lye. It is VERY corrosive! It is also used in soaps, rayon, paper, explosives, dyestuffs, petroleum products, processing cotton fabric, laundering and bleaching, metal cleaning and is present in commercial drain and oven cleaners. pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/sodium_hydroxide#section=Top
Dimethicone: A silicone base polymer (molocules bound together, it’s a man made silicon oil, commonly used to make plastics and resins) used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. Creates a barrier on the skin but that’s about it. Holds in bacteria, sebum which can lead to breakouts. Prevents the skin from functioning normally, like sweating and thermoregulation. It is listed as a skin and eye irritant. And to top it all off, it is non-biodegradable, can you say... ENVIRONMENTAL FUCKING HAZARD?!!
Tocopherol Acetate: Chemical compound of acetic acid and Vitamin E. Photo sensitive and can enhance the carcinogenic effects of the UV rays. While being manufactured it can become contaminated with hydroquinone, enhances the effects of dermititis, carcinogens, and sensitivities to UV rays. Wait…What. In. The. Actual. Fuck?! Enhances the effects of dermitits? A carcinogen? And it makes you more photosensitive? Am I in the Twilight Zone?
And just to keep things a little weird…
Lanolin Oil: Lanolin oil is an amber colored fatty substance that is taken from the sheep’s sheared wool before it is washed. That was the animal fat I was referring to above. Weird, right?!
Methylparaban: One of the parabens, is a preservative with the chemical formula CH3. It is a methyl ester p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Used to preserve and prolong the shelf life of FOOD and cosmetics. It’s a fungicide and anti-bacterial agent and absorbs easily through the skin and intestinal tract. Used in skin creams and deodorents. If you have used any sort of cosmetic with methylparaban in it, then had ANY AMOUNT of sun exposure, your skin was damaged because of the oxidative stress due to the suns UVB rays. Basically, methylparaban is enabling cancer cells to thrive. Do you use eye drops? Might want to reconsider, because methylparaban is found in that too!
C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: In a nut shell, it’s a binder. It binds water and oil together to create a smooth consistency. It’s also know as sodium acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer. While overall it is a “relatively safe” ingredient scoring a 3/10 in the low-moderate safety risk, it is worth noting that in the polymerisation process, benzene is used as a solvent. Now benzene is highly carcinogenic and has been associated with aplastic anemia, acute leukemia and bone marrow abnormalities. It targets the liver, kidney, lung, heart, and brain. The US Dept. of Health and Human Services classifies it as a human carcinogen. But if you're cool with blood born cancers, then it's business as usual.
I'm not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV, so maybe I'm missing some important piece of information, but for my family, "ingredients" that can potentially cause my children's bone marrow to stop producing new blood cells, or enable the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells, is one factor that is easily eliminated. At the very least, I don't want ingredients on my families skin that is counter productive to their intended uses.
I'll put an asterisks on my previous statement though, and say that there are many factors that we have not eliminated, that aren't quite as easy for us to do. I'm in no way standing on some elitist fucking soap box preaching clean living with an heir of judgement, because I am far from perfect. What I do want to impress upon you is this. In your own time, there will be moments in your life that will either rock your axis or bring direct attention to a specific need. It will be at that moment, that you will enter down a rabbit hole that will completely transform the way you view a particular area in your life. You can read about my moment here. Wether it's food, fitness, skin care, whatevs...it becomes so important it will eventually becomes a way of life and it becomes hard to imagine doing things any other way. Honor that but respect those that may not be in the same position.