Anything you put on your lips ultimately ends up in your mouth or gets absorbed by your skin. Do you know what ingredients are in your lipsticks, glosses, and lip conditioners? Do you want to know? I want to share the information that I’ve learned so that you can make the best and safest choices for you and your family. Read further to learn more about some of the toxic ingredients found in most of today’s lip treatment products. Learn why products from Beautycounter will help keep your lips conditioned, colorful, and healthy. Skip right to my favorite recommended Lip Products by Clicking Here!
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What you won't find in Beautycounter products and why it's important...
Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in –paraben). Parabens are potential endocrine (aka hormone) disruptors, due to their ability to mimic estrogen. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer. In men, they appear to reduce sperm production and testosterone levels. An estimated 75-90% of body care products contain parabens. Some of the most common parabens in lip products are methylparaben and propylparaben.
Methylparaben is added to lipstick because it works as an antifungal and a preservative. It’s widely used in other cosmetics, too. Methylparaben is rapidly absorbed through the skin and intestinal tract. Most European countries have restricted it because of the possible cancer risk. Alarmingly, methylparaben is often a “hidden” ingredient, which means it’s typically not listed in the product ingredients, making it almost impossible for consumers to be aware of its presence in the products they use. Methylparaben has been classified as a “moderate risk” by the Cosmetics Database.
Beautycounter is dedicated to clearly listing all ingredients used in their products and sourcing only safe ingredients.
Polyparabens, like sodium benzoate, are added as a preservative to lipsticks to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold. It keeps the oily part of the lipstick from going rancid, which protects both the product and the consumers.
Although its intention is to provide a safe product, there is evidence that it is an endocrine disruptor and an allergen for some people. Some brands proclaim to use only half of the “acceptable” amount of polyparaben, and while it’s good they are trying to reduce the toxicity, their products still contain toxic chemicals. The Cosmetics Database classifies it as a “high risk” product.
Beautycounter products are paraben-free.
Can we all agree that something this close to gasoline is not what we want on our lips?! The word petroleum is most commonly heard around auto shops and oil rigs, but companies found that if you refine it down, it can be used as a compound for beauty products. Unfortunately, the refining process is harsh, and toxic agents are still easily found in these products. For example, if petroleum jelly becomes contaminated during the manufacturing process, possible Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, which have links to breast cancer, can get into the jelly.
Another major concern for use in skin products is that petroleum creates an airtight barrier on the skin. In other words, you are suffocating your skin!! This also creates a breeding ground for bacteria and toxic compounds.
Beautycounter products are petroleum-free.
Do your lips actually feel more chapped the more you apply? Dr. Melissa Piliang, MD, Staff Dermatologist at The Cleveland Clinic, says, “Lip balms containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid actually make your lips drier. So you apply more, and it becomes a vicious cycle. Just avoid balms containing those ingredients.”
Beautycounter products contain none of these.
Beautycounter Polish & Protect Lip Duo is available around the holidays. The lip polish treatment is made with organic sugar, conditioning oils, and a hint of refreshing peppermint—gently exfoliating and conditioning.
I created a guide/recipe to make your own lip scrub if you run out of the polish and protect or missed it at the holidays:
Easily Save Your Chapped Winter Lips
Did you know that the leading cause of eczema and other skin diseases is “added fragrances?” Your skin is the largest organ in your body so it’s important to take care of it! Not send it into shock. The next time you read “fragrances” as an ingredient on any hair, skin, face product — and lip balm! — you are actually reading “a lot of hidden chemicals.” Cosmetic manufacturers can withhold the actual ingredients used in their fragrances and flavors in order to “protect their trade secrets.” These fragrances often contain high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are strong hormone disruptors linked to decreased sperm count in men, reduced female fertility, and can cause a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms. Avoid products with “fragrance” and look for flavors/scents that are made with safe ingredients.
Beautycounter products are flavored naturally.
At increased levels, propylene glycol can cause seizures. Young children’s bodies cannot effectively break down this chemical, so it should be avoided by pregnant women and children under 6. Why would you want this in your lip products?
Beautycounter products are free of these dangerous chemicals.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has rated Oxybenzone – the most common chemical sunscreen – an 8 on their toxicity rating scale. It has been shown to act like estrogen in the body, alter sperm production in animals, and is associated with endometriosis in women. Octinoxate and Homosalate also disrupt hormone function. Many lip balms contain this toxic SPF, too.