Toxins in Lotion?
Welcome to the next installment of Toxic Thursdays! If this is the first Toxic Thursday post you have read, check out the first post on shampoo. Each Thursday, I am highlighting a body care product, explaining the potential toxins in the body product and suggesting healthier, safer alternatives. Today we are going to talk about lotions.
Is my lotion toxic?
Maybe! The easiest way to tell is to check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Here you can search for your lotion and find out if it has any potential toxins in it. If it does, look for safer alternatives or check out some of the recipes below to make your own, toxin-free lotion.
What are some toxins in lotions?
Some of the most common toxins in lotion and their side effects are:
1. Phenoxyethanol- a colorless, alcohol used as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products which can cause pruritus (general itchiness) (Source)
What pruritus looks like:
What contact dermatitis looks like:
What are safer alternatives?
If you would like to buy safer alternatives, here are some options.
Can I make my own lotion?
Of course! Here is a great and easy recipe. You can customize your lotion by adding essential oils (which have their own health-boosting properties and I will address in a later post).
I simply order shea butter direct from Africa off Amazon, melt some in the microwave, add a little coconut oil and let it re-solidify. I slather it on my hands at night and lock in the moisture by wearing gloves. This is a cheap and safe alternative to store bought lotions.
This website shows you which oils you can add to your shea butter mixture to customize it to your skin texture and tone.
|Oily, Acne-prone||Grapeseed, jojoba, neem*|
|Dry, Aging, Damaged||Sweet almond, avocado*, borage*, calendula, jojoba, kukui nut, olive, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*, St. John’s wort|
|Normal, Combination||Sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, sunflower|
|Sensitive||Apricot kernel, avocado*, calendula, grapeseed, kukui nut, rice bran|
|Eczema, Psoriasis||Calendula, sweet almond, avocado*, castor, evening primrose*, jojoba, kukui nut, neem*, olive, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*|
|Scars, Stretch Marks||Calendula, castor, jojoba, kukui nut, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*|
Do you believe toxins in lotion are a concern? What lotion do you use?