For Youthful Skin, Steer Clear of Petrochemicals

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At a lecture by Dr. Mark Hyman a few weeks ago, I perked up at his mention of a link between petrochemicals and inflammation. Not that I wasn't diligently taking notes during the rest of the nutrition talk, but this particular point really hit my beauty radar. See, dozens of the personal care products we use in our daily routines contain petrochemicals (petroleum byproducts). And lots of beauty companies still make them out to be harmless...

What's so bad about low-level inflammation? Apart from being linked to dozens of diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's, inflammation leads directly to signs of aging: we're talking fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, enlarged pores, sagging skin...everything we're trying our hardest to avoid! So think about it: while we're applying expensive beauty creams to maintain our youth, they're working just as hard to age us if they contain inflammation-causing petrochemicals.

What ingredients fit into this category? Some petroleum byproducts to avoid include...

  • Propylene glycol
  • 1,4 dioxane
  • benzene
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • mineral oil
  • ethanol
  • petrolatum
  • toluene

Consider the amount of environmental damage that results from our dependence on petroleum products (think major pollution of waterways and air), and you have a very strong case for choosing natural and organic products next time you restock your beauty cabinet.

Do you really want to continue using the byproducts of crude oil on your skin? For expert help in weeding the toxic products from your routine, contact Jolene at