Are you absorbing toxins in your moisturizer?

It's no surprise that many companies do not care about our health - just look at Johnson & Johnson and the baby powder causing cancer. We absorb what we put on our skin - at least 30% of the product is directly absorbed into our bloodstream! Including cancer-causing ingredients.


If that's not a reason to look more closely at your skin routine, then scroll away - you are about to learn the horrors of modern skin care - starting with moisturizers.


We started by looking at the most popular and reviewed moisturizers on Ulta, Target, and Amazon, and we were shocked! Inside Ulta's search, you'll find a specific filter for "clean beauty" - yet many of those results showed us that they were not the safest on EWG!


If you haven't heard of EWG, they are known as The Environmental Working Group, which focuses on having informed, thoughtful, and healthy choices in your daily life - including personal care products. Many products are unregulated, and the U.S. does less than other countries to protect citizens from chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive harm.


Here are the worst offenders:


Here is a breakdown of what some of those hazardous ingredients can do or put you at risk.


High Hazard Ingredients: Ranked 7-10 on EWG - Click on the name to see more information from EWG

OXYBENZONE - 9

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

  • Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

  • Endocrine disruption (moderate)

  • Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

  • Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

PROPYLPARABEN - 9

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

  • Use restrictions (moderate)

  • Endocrine disruption (high)

  • Ecotoxicology (low)

RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE) -9

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)

  • Use restrictions (high)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

RETINOL (VITAMIN A) - 9

  • Cancer (moderate)

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)

  • Use restrictions (high)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

  • Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

FRAGRANCE - 8

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)

  • Endocrine disruption (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

  • Ecotoxicology (low)

  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

LILIAL - 7

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)

  • Use restrictions (moderate)

  • Endocrine disruption (low)

  • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

CI 42090 (FD&C BLUE NO. 1 OR D&C BLUE NO. 4) - 7

  • Use restrictions (high)

  • Neurotoxicity (low)

  • Endocrine disruption (low)

  • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

  • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

  • Contamination concerns (ANILINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))


Moderate Hazard Ingredients: Ranked 3-6 on EWG

FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 (CI 19140)

  • Cancer (low)

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

  • Neurotoxicity (moderate)

  • Endocrine disruption (low)

  • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

  • Contamination concerns (BIPHENYL-2-YLAMINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))

LYRAL - 6

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)

  • Use restrictions (high)

RETINYL RETINOATE - 6

  • Cancer (moderate)

  • Use restrictions (high)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

  • Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

TRIETHANOLAMINE - 5

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

  • Use restrictions (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

  • Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE - 4

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)

  • Use restrictions (low)

PHENOXYETHANOL - 4

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

  • Use restrictions (moderate)

  • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

  • Occupational hazards (high)

So, where does that leave us with our health? Even when "clean" beauty isn't all that "clean," right? Well, here are our suggestions below.


We use BeautyCounter for 90% of our skincare needs! You can order directly on the website through our link BeautyCounter.


The best part? BeautyCounter takes your health seriously - see why below!

P.S. I was SHOCKED that Olay Regenerist Brighting +VitC moisturizer was as health safe as it was!

What surprised you? Have you used any of these products before? Are you going to make any changes to your daily moisturizers?


To find out more, go to https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

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