It is important to read and understand the labels of the products you use. There are many ingredients that I avoid. My products do not contain harmful chemicals like Parabens, Petrolatum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. They are never tested on animals.
Parabens. These are synthetic preservatives that are potential endocrine disrupters that can affect our hormone levels.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Think of these as harsh cleansing agents that can potentially damage the lipid layer of your skin and cause irritation. By stripping the skin’s natural oil levels which act as a first-line barrier, viruses can more easily enter into the body.
Petrolatum/Mineral Oil/Paraffin. These are non-renewable byproducts of crude oil that contain potentially dangerous impurities.
Chemical Sunscreens (Oxybenzone). These synthetic sunscreens get absorbed into the skin and can potentially disrupt hormone balances. They are also suspected to cause some free-radical production.
Glycols. Think of these petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals as magnets. They are thought to be able to draw other chemicals into the bloodstream.