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Petrochemicals in Your Cosmetic Creams

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toxic.jpgDo you love that creamy, silky smooth feel of your commercial moisturizer? Did you know that that texture is most likely made with petrochemicals? Corporate interest has created a world where petrochemicals are the norm. These compounds are cheaper and easier to produce. Nature can provide better alternatives but usually it is too expensive to mass produce and sell with good profit margins. In case you didn't know, petrochemicals include gasoline, and crude oil. Yuck!

Many products that are marketed as "natural or organic" contain petrochemicals. Crude oil is natural after all. In a study of personal care products marketed as "natural" or "organic" (uncertified), U.S. researchers found 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant in 46 of 100 products analyzed.( http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics---peg-compounds-and-their-contaminants ) 1,4-dioxane is a know carcinogen.

Some contain polyethylene glycol (PEGs) or mineral oils which are compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and functions as a "penetration enhancer,". This means it increases the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product — and other harmful ingredients. Petrochemicals are carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, may interfere with human development and usually contaminated with highly toxic 1,-4 dioxane. They bioaccumulate and do not easily degrade. They can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.

Bio-oil is a prime example of a product that is marketed as healthy and made of botanical ingredients but has a minimum of three petrochemicals listed in the first few ingredients, and this is excluding the fragrance and colour (which are also petrochemicals). The main oil is Paraffinum Liquidum. Also known as liquid paraffin or refined mineral oil. If you want to fade scars without petrochemicals, use natural oils like coconut, sweet almond, avocado and jojoba oils. Natural, healthy and chemical free! Our ZCC Anti-Aging Daytime Lotion will also do the trick :)

Here is a list of Petrochemicals used in cosmetics:

•Paraffin Wax

•Mineral Oil

•Toluene

•Benzene

•Phenoxyethanol

•Anything with PEG (polyethylene glycol)

•Anything ending in ‘eth’ indicates that it required ethylene oxide (a petrochemical) to produce e.g. myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth

•Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)

•Butanol and any word with ‘butyl’butyl alcohol, butylparaben,butylene glycol

•Ethanol and word with ‘ethyl’ ethyl alcohol, ethylene glycol,ethylene dichloride, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetracetatic acid),ethylhexylglycerin

•Any word with “propyl” – isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol,propylalcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine

•Methanol and any word with ‘methyl’methyl alcohol, methylparaben,methylcellulose

•Parfum or fragrance – 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum

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