What Ingredients to Avoid in Lip Balms

07.07.2011

What's really in that lip moisturizer you're using several times every day? Could you be spreading on toxins and ingredients that could potentially be harmful to your health instead of just giving your lips a little bit of love and hydration? Keep your lip balm game drama-free with a little bit of knowledge on what's really in your hand-held beaut fix.
Lubricating Toxins

We've all grown up with Vaseline that mom used to protect us from the cold, moisturize dry skin or heal burns or cuts. The tried-and-true beauty solution is effective but not sustainable. Petroleum-based products come from crude oil, which isn't a renewable resource and could potentially be contaminated with cancer-causing chemical polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. You won't always see petroleum on the label of your favorite products. Also look out for "mineral oil" on your labels.
Pesky Preservatives

To keep your favorite beauty products on the shelf and bacteria-free, manufacturers often use preservatives such as parabens. Parabens may prevent products from "turning" and molding, but like other preservatives found in cosmetics and personal care products, have been shown to cause hormone disruption and cancer in animals. There are natural preservatives on the market that natural and organic brands are using to preserve the life of their products. Opt for "paraben-free" brands and save yourself from being exposed to this potentially harmful ingredient.
Beetles in Your Balm?

Are you a lover of red lipsticks and stains or even an average balm? You may be surprised to know the red coloring in your cosmetics, known as carmine, is typically made from crushed beetles. Manufacturers are required to list this ingredient on their products, so it's easy to spot and avoid, especially if you're not too fond of using animal-based products in your makeup bag. Opt for natural and organic ingredients that give you gloss and color without carmine.
When in Doubt

"Reading the label does not always help you figure out the safety of a product because companies have learned to hide certain ingredients by calling them other names or incorporating them into one ingredient name," says Steve Shriver, founder of Eco Lips, an organic private label lip balm company that produces lip balms for many big brands. Search for organic lip balm companies that are strongly committed to their customers, the environment and naturally derived ingredients. If you still aren't sure about your purchase, look up your product on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database, which lists ingredients in products and rates levels of toxicity.

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