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Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil locks in moisture, provides antioxidants, calms redness, and is antibacterial. You might be wondering why I am against its comsetic use. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it cloggs your pores. Yes it has all these benefits but there are other oils that aren't pore clogging that have similar benefits. Although I use coconut oil in mouth washes, body srubs and sometimes as a body lotion I would never use it on my face or anywhere I breakout. If you do use coconut oil in a body treatment, don't expect it to hydrate despite the constant claims it does. The moleuclar strucutre is too high to hydrate your skin so if you use make sure you pair it with a lotion underneath to hydrate, and the coconut oil after to lock in that hydration while creating a silky protective film.
Lemon Juice - Freshly squeezed lemon juice contains 31% of your daily Vitamin C intake. You hear how AMAZING vitamin C is for your skin every single day. What you may not know is that Vitamin C sits extremly low on the pH scale causing potetnial irriation to your skin. Juice shoulnd't be used in your skincare because its extemely unstable as well and needs to be stabalized with other ingredients in order to be safe for your skin. Consuming it causes a diffrent reaction alklanizing our body and is totally healthy. For skincare, stray away from Pintrest DIY skincare masks and serums. Vitamin C serums are expesnive for a reason and the reason is worth it for keeping your skin healthy and avoiding irriation and long term skin problems.
Baking Soda - Baking soda is great for laundry, deoderizing carpets, and baking. Baking soda should stick to those purposes and away from your skin because of its high pH. Baking soda's pH level is 9 when your skin naturally sits around pH 5.5. Applyng baking soda to the skin can feel soft at first, but consitent use can throw your skins pH level off balance leading to issues like irritation, clogged pores, and even breakouts.
Mineral Oil - Mineral Oil is derived from petroleum (fossile fuel) which is not a renwable substance and it is toxic to aquatic life. Mineral oil is also comedogenic so I don't recommend anyone to use on their skin unless they want black heads or a film to be created.
Parabens - Parabens are a common cosmetic preservatives found in many cosmetic products from your hair care to your deoderant. Take a couple of minutes and check the back of your beauty products for this ingredient and lessen the usage. Parabens have highlighted concern when its been discovered in some studies this ingredient can have estrogenic effects. Although in small quantities some studies show this ingredient isn't harmful, others argue consistent amounts can cause unfavorable health effects overtime. If you had one product with this ingredient you'd probably be fine but if your conditioner, lotion, facial products, and makeup all have parabens, this can quickly build up. Some products have more than one paraben type for example methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Personally I avoid it as much as possible but if one of my products had it like a serum from a dermotologist I would use it. Just be cautious of this ingredient and what you choose to allow on your body.
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Formaldehyde releasers : Formaldehyde is used on dead bodies and this potent preservative should not be used on the living. Brands like Clinique have a history of using ingredients like this so I avoid that brand all together. In some studies this ingredient has been linked to cancer and skin irritations. Found in products like nail polish, eyelash glue, hair products, body products and skincare products.
Look out for : Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.
Talc - Talc is often used in products meant for drying up oils like face powder, baby bum powder, and also colored products like blush. Talc overtime is said to cause a build up of asbestos fibers which can be harmful to the lungs and can cause ovarian cancer. There was a class action lawsuit to Johnson and Johnson for being responsible for a women's ovarian cancer. Since then a lot of brands formulate without this ingredient and its something to look out for, especially in your baby's products.
Reference : Lichtenstein G. High levels of asbestos found in 3 paints and 2 talcums here. 1972. New York Times; Available at: https://search.proquest.com/docview/119556279?accountid=9758.