Are These Toxins Hiding in Your Skin Products?
With more and more people becoming more conscious about the ingredients going into their skincare products, it’s no wonder why more magazines and celebrities are outsting chemicals and focusing on natural solutions.
Two chemicals that you should check the label for in your skin cream are PEGs and Propylene Glycol. While they used to be popular skin cream additives, they are now beginning to be banned due to their horrible side effects.
What Is Propylene Glycol?
If you’re wondering what proplyene glycol is, head to the seasonal aisle at your local store and pickup a jar of antifreeze. That’s right, propylene glycol is a toxic that’s commonly used as an additive for paint, plastics, antifreeze, and countless other things that you would never consider putting onto your skin. So why’s it in your cream?
While you’d hardly think to eat it after hearing the above, PG can actually be found in pet food and even some processed human food, along with cosmetics and medicines. Its widespread usage might make it seem safe and acceptable, but its only purpose is as a solvent used to absorb excess water or maintain moisture.
PG is a colorless, creamy liquid has a faint sweetness to it. It was introduced in the 1960s. While some say its harmless, with the FDA classifying it as “generall recognized as safe”, others say it is linked to devasting illnesses, such as cancer.
What are PEGs?
PEG, or Polyethylene Glycol, is a popular additive to skin care products. But, if you begin looking into its history, you’ll find some terrifying descriptions.
Polythylene is the world’s most popular form of plastic. When you mix it with glycol, it becomes a sticky, thick liquid.
From some classifying it as a “carcinogenic petroleum ingredient” to a beauty no-no that reduces your skin’s moisture levels and makes you vulnerable to bacteria, there are few reasons why you would want to see it in your skin cream.
While studies on PEGs toxicology classifies them as safe in cosmetics when used as directed, legitimate concerns can still be raised about its use. Impurities in the formula can lead to issues along with its enhanced penetration effect, which can harm your health. For those with damaged skin, PEGs can also lead to complications.
You’ll probably find a couple different PEGs in your beauty cabinet, from PEG 100s to Peg 100 Stearates and so many more.
PEG is a group of chemical compounds, which are polymers that have been bonded together.
This may leave you still wondering, why on earth is it in your skin cream? Cosmetics makers add PEGs for a few different reasons. Number one, they can be used to help soften the skin when applied. They can also be used as an emulsifier, which helps keep the oil-based and water-based ingredients in your cream mixed together properly. And they, thirdly, can help penetrate your skin to deliver other ingredients more deeply.
But, is it worth the risk?
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