“Have you seen my chap stick?” I absolutely love this chap stick. Living in a dry climate my lips get dry constantly. Recently I started reading up on the ingredients in my chap stick. I was quite shocked.
Can you trust your Chapstick? Blistex? Aveeno? Or Brand ____?
Reach into your pocket or purse for that balm and check out the label!
Do you see any of the following toxins?
Petrolatum*, Saccharin, mineral oil, Camphor, White Wax, Saccharin, Flavors, Carnuba Wax, Arachadyl Propionate, 2-octyldodecanol, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, Wax Paraffin, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake
A good website to peruse is http://www.natural-skincare-authority.com
You will read that
“ ‘Chapstick’ lip balm contains 11 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas by the C.I.R.( Committee of Interns and Residents) Blistex Lip Revitalizer scores in 9 of 12 toxic parameters. Blistex lip balm contains two carcinogens – Saccharin and glycolic acid with linkage to skin cancer. NOT the kind of product you want to be using on your lips!”
Of course, one must check out the other side. Here is a website that actually touts the joys of Petrolatum!
You can review the “ Beauty Brains” website (Http://thebeautybrains.com/2007/11/23/aveeno-essential-moisture-lip-conditioner). It is a good example of WHAT NOT TO BELIEVE!
The review is written by someone named ‘Karen’ and this is what she says about the Petrolatum in the Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner.
‘”Petrolatum is best ! I did a little research on lip balms. I learned that petrolatum-based lip balms are always a smart choice for chapped lips. One dermatologist called this key ingredient “the gold standard” for lip balms and claimed it was the very best thing that you could possibly put on your lips. Does Aveeno’s lip balm contain it? The answer is yes.”
Where does ‘Karen” do her research?
There are lots of good lip balms out there. All you have to do is read the labels carefully and make wise choices. But you are, aren’t you? After all, you are reading this article.
Function: Petrochemical that forms a barrier on skin; makes lipsticks shine and creams smoother; helps soften skin
Present in: Creams, lotions, ointments, wax depilatories, eyebrow pencils, eye shadows, liquid powders, lipsticks
Health concerns: May be contaminated with impurities and linked to cancer or other significant health problems; also causes allergic reactions, and is banned by the EU.