What You Put On Your Body Goes In Your Body Too!

What you put on your body goes in your body too!


In the past several years, we have become more health conscious when it comes to food; however, when it comes to purchasing bath and body products people still tend to stick with major brands, not fully aware of all the chemicals contained within! U.S. Researchers have found that approximately 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients.

Here are some of the chemicals you should look out for in your products.


Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. Researchers estimate that 75 to 90 percent of cosmetics contain parabens. Their role is cosmetics is to preserve and lower the potential for mold. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tissues thus raising more questions about the possible link between parabens in cosmetics and cancer.

These ingredients in this class generally have “parabens” in their name (i.e. methylparaben)


PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are used in cosmetic products as solvents, thickeners, softeners, and moisture carriers. Ethylene oxide has been classified as a human carcinogen, a substance capable of causing cancer in body tissues. The oxide has also been found to harm the nervous system. PEGs are also a “penetration enhancer” which allows greater absorption of the products.

These ingredients usually have chemical names that include –eth (i.e. polyethylene glycol)


Petroleum is a mineral oil jelly that’s used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin as moisturizers and in hair care products create a shine in your hair. It can also cause skin irritations and allergies to people with sensitive skin.


These silicone-based compounds are widely used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Researchers have found these compounds to interfere with human hormone function and possibly impair human fertility. 

Popular siloxanes are dimethicone and cyclomethicone. Other ingredients end in “siloxanes”


These ingredients are used in cosmetics and a detergent and to create bubbles and foam.  It is found in shampoos, shower gels, and facial cleansers. It’s also used in household cleaning products, car washes, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers. SLS can be retained in the body for up to five days, during which time it can enter and retain levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.

This is a large ingredient found in many bath bombs.


Mineral oil serves a preserving agent and assists in retaining moisture. It is used in products such as baby oil, soap, makeup and body lotions. Mineral oil is a petroleum by product used for thousands of years as a sealing and building material. Mineral oil clogs the pore and interferes with the skins ability to eliminate toxins, slows down skin function and cell development which results in premature aging.   If mineral oil is absorbed into the skin because of habitual use, it may affect functioning of the liver, which can lead to poorer health and weakened immune system.


Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers aren’t required to disclose list of chemicals in the list of ingredients. Some of them are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Be careful because some products labeled as “fragrance-free” or “unscented” still contain fragrance combined with a masking agent that prevents the brain from perceiving odor.

These are just a few of many of the chemicals and compounds that are found in everyday beauty, skin and bath products. If it's not safe enough to ingest than it's not safe enough for your skin!


Jayden Farrer

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