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Therese’s ‘Top Ten’ List of Ingredients to Avoid in Lotion

1. PARABENS (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)

Not always labeled, used as preservatives, and may contribute to hormone imbalance.

2. PHTHALATES

Sometimes listed as a “fragrance” and  can potentially damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

3. TRICLOSAN

These are an antibacterial agent that may disrupt thyroid function. They are also been known to be linked to cancer. Also found in soaps, mouthwash, shaving cream, deodorants, toothpastes, etc.

4. MINERAL OIL

A petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging its pores. This is incredibly harmful because it interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, therefore increasing likelihood of acne and other disorders.

Usually found in creams, lotions, ointments, and cosmetics.

5. DMDM  HYDANTOIN

Preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, skin allergies, headaches, and loss of sleep.

6. ALUMINUM

Toxic metal that can have estrogen-like effects in our systems, disrupting the healthy functioning of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. Usually found in almost every personal care product, especially antiperspirant deodorants.

7. SYNTHETIC “FRAGRANCE”

Anything that is synthetic or artificial should always raise a red flag. These are made up of hundreds to thousands of different ingredients not usually listed on the label, so you are never sure what you are actually being exposed to. Found in cosmetics, skincare products, household products such as candles, cleaning supplies,

air fresheners, scented trash bags, dog poop bags and so many other products.

8.SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE OR LAURETH SULFATE 

These are used in cleansing products and in creams and lotions. They can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, mouth, and lungs. For people with sensitive skin, sulfates may also clog pores and cause acne. 

9. SILOXANES

Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of products to soften, smooth and moisten. They can potentially be an endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.

10. TRIETHANOLAMINE

These are clear colorless, viscous liquids with ammonia-like odors. They are usually found in products that foam like facial cleansers and soaps. They are also found in eye makeup, fragrances, hair products, and sunscreens. When absorbed into the body over a long period of time, it can become toxic. Even short periods of exposure may cause allergic reactions, including eye problems and dry hair and skin.

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