How often do you use wellness products? A simple count in the mind would be enough to gather an idea of how indispensable a part of our live have wellness products become. Therefore, it is all the more necessary to learn about their composition. One important term in that regard is ‘excipients’. Excipients are the components that are added to the drug to facilitate effectiveness of a drug. The purpose of adding them to the drug is basically long term stabilization, thereby facilitating drug absorption and enhancing solubility.
Not all excipients are good for consumption. The cosmetic industry and the personal wellness industry are 2 industries that massively use excipients in their products that hamper health and wellness. We bring a list of excipients that your wellness products better be free of:
Parabens are a type of preservative and used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products. In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied, suggesting their might be some links to cancer. A scientific study reported that parabens have been found for the first time in the bodies of marine mammals. Researchers believe that it is likely these parabens come from products we use that are released into the environment. Read more about Parabens here.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of known carcinogens. The industry panel that reviews the safety of cosmetics ingredients concluded that some PEG compounds are not safe for use on damaged skin. Read more about PEGs here.
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum and helps reduce water loss from the skin. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that this unpurified form contains contaminants that have been linked in studies to an increased risk of cancer. Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads. Read more about Mineral Oils here.
Disodium EDTA is in many products as a preservative, to stabilize it, or to enhance the foaming action. Tetrasodium EDTA is made from known carcinogens according to the National Cancer Institute. Even though, it has been scientifically not proven that EDTA itself is carcinogenic, it is better to be on the safe side of this ingredient. A study conducted in 2003 concluded that EDTA behaves as a persistent substance in the environment and that its contribution to heavy metals bioavailability and remobilization processes in the environment is a major concern. Read more about EDTA here.
Fragrances in perfumes and cosmetic products may cause irritant reactions. According to the European Cosmetic Directive, a set of 26 fragrance allergens with a well-recognized potential to cause allergy have been identified.
Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic alcohol that attracts/absorbs water. Prolonged skin exposure has caused irritation, possibly due to its dehydrating effect on the skin, despite being used in skin care products that advertise to do the opposite. PPG can also cause an allergic response on contact with the skin particularly in people that suffer with eczema, fungal infections and in people with lower sun exposure and vitamin D stores. Read more about PPGs here.
Paraffin and Microcrystalline Wax are derived from petroleum. After someone uses a cream with paraffin, the soft, silky sensation on the skin is that of mineral oil on the surface, and not of the actual skin texture. Some eczema sufferers seem to experience an exacerbation of symptoms when using creams with paraffins.
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