Natural Skin Care without the Risks of Skin Cancer

Taking care of your skin shouldn’t come with the skin cancer risks. This is the last thing that anybody would expect from commercial products. The best decission you can make is to use natural skin care products that come without the risks of skin cancer. Keep in mind that about 60% of what you put on your skin, gets absorbed directly into the blood stream, without going through the filtering process of our digestive system.

In the article below Dr. Mercola talkes about the use of mineral oil in different cosmetics. According to a recent study, treatment of the mice with creams containing mineral oil for 17 weeks increased the total number of tumors by 69 percent. You may want to think twice before buying those inexpensive skin care products where the first ingredient is mineral oil.

Most people don’t realize that the main ingredient in tanning lotions is also mineral oil. This tumor causing effect is even greater after the UVB exposure. With that in mind, it is also wise to avoid putting baby oil on your baby’s skin, since most baby oil brands contain pure mineral oil!

Read on to learn more about the dangers of toxic chemicals found in many cosmetics.

Mineral oil can be toxic to your skin

A study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk. Irradiated mice who were treated with the moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent. This also applies to tanning oils and lotions—which many of you may be using right now with summer in full swing—as well as the baby oil or lotion that many parents unwittingly slather on their babies.

Many skin lotions, creams and oils contain mineral oil, as do many tanning products. Mineral oil may sound safe enough, but… it’s not. Mineral oil is actually a derivative of petroleum, the same stuff you put in your car’s engine. Because it’s very viscous (slippery), many products use mineral oil as the main ingredient, as it allows the lotion to be spread easily across your skin. This despite the fact that it’s a known carcinogen!

It’s also comedogenic which means it blocks your pores and your skin’s natural respiration process. Blocked pores can lead to blackheads and pimples. And, because mineral oil can create an impenetrable film on your skin, it may also block the absorption of any beneficial ingredients that might exist in the products.

It’s good to know that many manufacturers try to hide the mineral oil under other names. I checked a bottle of a lotion that one of my coworkers brought in for everybody to use and the third ingredient was petrolatum which is just a fancy name for mineral oil.

Here is another article by Dr. Mercola that talks about the dangers of using sunscreen titled: Sunscreen Exposed.

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