Once a year, you should have a look at all of your personal care and skin care and throw out old stuff – the products that have been sitting around because they obviously haven’t rocked your world. Take it one step further and chuck products that contain petroleum byproducts. There is NO reason why we should be using them on our skin on a daily basis. Do you eat petroleum? No, because there is no nutritional value. So why are we putting it on our skin? Use products that are made with natural ingredients – they contain everything – antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, anti-microbials, and phytosterols.
Here’s what to look for when sussing out petroleum ingredients on your product labels:
- Silicones (anything that ends in ‘cone’ i.e. dimethicone)
- 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
- Paraffin Wax
- Mineral Oil
Happy Spring Cleaning!