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What’s In Your Pocket?

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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You might not be thinking about it every time you reach in your pocket to grab your chap stick, but this common lip remedy can contain many chemical toxins. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly, parabens, camphor, mineral oil, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, petrolatum, artificial fragrances and flavors as well as D&C red no. 6, can be found in many lip balms on the market today.

Although it’s a natural product, petroleum is toxic to the body. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining and is supposed to be free of carcinogens depending on the refining process and purity of the jelly. Parabens are another common topic when discussing any beauty or personal care product. These chemicals are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Common health concerns for parabens include: endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, and cancer. Camphor, a waxy substance derived from the camphor tree, has been classified as toxic known for potentially causing nausea, vomiting, seizures and in small children, can even cause fatal poisoning.

Chap sticks found on LuckyVitamin usually contain beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.  These key ingredients seal in moisture and don’t come with some of the risks that those other chemicals do. Burt’s Bees, EOS, Acure and Mode De Vie are just some of our most popular brands and products. Make sure to always read the ingredient label so you can ensure you’re keeping your body safe and avoiding these common toxic compounds.

 

 




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