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Top 5 Most Toxic Moisturizers (and 5 of the best!)

21 September, 2015 14 comments Leave a comment

No matter how minimal your skin care regime, the one thing you cannot forego is the use of moisturizers or skin lotions. Winter especially demands that we use good quality lotions to keep the skin looking nourished, healthy and supple. Today, more and more women and men are jumping on the organic, nontoxic and green beauty bandwagon. However; the term organic and natural is often loosely branded. Many of the so called moisturizers are still laden with harmful elements that confuse the organic or green buyer. So in this blog post, we will discuss 5 of the best moisturizers and 5 of the worst.

But first some basics:

What is a moisturizer?

By defining what a moisturizer is, you will be in a better position to make informed choices when buying moisturizing products. Moisturizer or a skin lotion can help hydrate, soothe and heal dry, chapped and irritated skin. So, the main ingredient in a moisturizer should be water which the skin easily absorbs to hydrate away the dryness brought on by environmental factors. The other ingredients in a lotion or moisturizer are lipids, sterols, humectants, emollients and natural oils.

Naturally, all moisturizers are not made equal

Today, there are dozens of moisturizers available on the shelves of retail stores. Many of these include minerals and vitamins that lure shoppers into buying them. First of all: these vitamins and minerals are added in such small quantities that they make absolutely no difference to our skin. For these trace amounts of so called nourishing nutrients, these big brands charge you exorbitant amounts of money. Secondly, all moisturizers eventually degrade as they get exposed to light, heat etc. So the main role a moisturizer has to play is to add water to the skin, and hold the moisture in through the natural lipids present in it. Thirdly, and the topic of this blog post: some brands continue adding harmful heavy metals and other toxic substances to the moisturizers.

Naturally, the best moisturizers will not contain these terrible products and actually do what they claim to do: hydrate and nourish your skin. So let us list the good and the bad products:

5 of the best moisturizer brands

  1. Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Body cream- This moisturizer contains 100% natural ingredients that are great for all skin types. The cream is powered naturally with meadowfoam, shea butter and aloe for a naturally moisturized and hydrated skin.
  2. 30 SPF Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion- This is a marvelous product from Babo Botanicals that is made using certified organic anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It moisturizes and hydrates the whole family without being greasy.
  3. Be Green Bath and Body Citrus Lotion- This lotion is certified by the as completely safe based on their stringent testing standards. The fact that the product tested “low hazard” for both cancer and overall hazard makes it a winner in our books!
  4. Cellex C Hydration Complex Gel- This product is also a winner as per the website. The allergies and immunotoxicity was low and overall hazard also negligible.
  5. Cococare 100% coconut oil- If you haven’t already used coconut oil for moisturizing your skin and hair, then you have been missing out on the good stuff. This coconut oil from Cococare is 100% organic and cold pressed. So you are going to do yourself a world of good.

Now let us enlist 5 of the worst moisturizers:

5 of the Worst Moisturizers

As per the EWG website, following moisturizers rated poorly because of their allergies and immunotoxicity and overall hazard:

  1. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturzier-This product got an overall rating of negative 10 on the site as it could give rise to endocrine disruptions, irritation of skin, eyes and lungs as well as other organ system toxicity.
  2. Boots No.7 Moisturizing Serum-Another product with a rating of 10 on the EWG site. Could cause biochemical or cellular level changes, allergies and immunotoxicity as well as moderate risk of cancer.
  3. Gold Bond Ultimate Sheer Ribbons Body Lotion-Rated a poor 9 on EWG thanks to high overall hazard, very high developmental and reproductive toxicity and moderate allergies and immunotoxicity.
  4. Jergens Antiaging Multivitamin Moisturizer- This brand gets a dismal 9 thanks to concerns about endocrine disruption, low to moderate cancer hazards, and high allergies and immunotoxicity.
  5. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Total Moisture-According to EWG, this moisturizer Retinyl Acetate which can lead to biochemical or cellular level changes. It also has developmental and reproductive toxicity. It has moderate to high overall hazard.

We hope these lists help you determine the top brands that are not just better value for money but also safe, organic and completely non toxic.

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  1. Harold Busby July 22, 2016

    Serioulsy, I’ll to keep this in my mind.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Dorothea Stahl January 05, 2016

    I always appreciate a heads up about products and ingredients that I should avoid. My problem is that usually the “bad” products are easily recognizable because they are on the shelves of most stores where the general public, myself included, shops. Yet the “good” products are obscure and not found in most stores. Please rewrite this and include actual products found on most store shelves that you recommend I purchase. That would be the most helpful to the public. Thanks!

  3. GeorgeBoles December 15, 2015

    Great ideas,thank you.

  4. wendy 6 October 27, 2015

    I’m a total convert to Made From Earth skin care products. For years I was seduced by the belief the more money I spent the better results I’d get… Wrong! I tweet about High Street fashion & beauty so Made From Earth products caught my eye about a year ago and now I’m a total convert. I have noticed a massive difference to my skin /lips /body and my bank balance as they are brilliantly affordable but seem to use very good ingredients

  5. Janis McCall October 20, 2015

    To Peter Leuthard,
    If you are looking for aloe Vera, do some research. There is certification for aloe products. However, some companies illegally use the seal. If I remember correctly, if the product is prepared with heat, then the effectiveness of the aloe is destroyed. Many products have so little aloe, they are basically useless. There’s more that I don’t remember and that is why I suggested for you to research. Hope this helps.

  6. Debra Hukill October 20, 2015

    i always consider “Free of Animal Testing” and look for plant based ingredients. Just knowing about parabens helps eliminate the guess work. Coconut oil is an amazing mousturizer in itself. Great info-

  7. Irma Nelson October 02, 2015

    This post is actually very important and society needs to get aware of it. These Parabens and toxics in cosmetic products. But considering the few moisturizers in market they are paraben free and are effective to the skin and body in a positive manner, the general awareness is that we should be careful of using the correct product which are organic in nature. I use medicinal and image skincare products which is free form this harmful substance. You can check out this link for organic products.

  8. cathy cornforth September 29, 2015

    Good to know… Thx!

  9. Joseph R. Formisano September 29, 2015

    There should be a way to link these articles straight to our Facebook walls,or did I miss it…?

  10. Renan Kennedy September 23, 2015

    It’s impossible to know what all of those long-word ingredients are in the skincare products we use. Is is safe, is it toxic? Short of carrying a dictionary around there is no way to know. I am the founder of an all natural skincare company and here is what I tell everyone who asks me “how do I know if this product is safe?” I tell them to look for water in the ingredients. Here’s why:

    We constantly see beauty products in the stores that claim to be all natural, but in my research I have found that there are actually very, very few ALL natural products sitting on the shelves of our stores. Consider this: from the time it takes a product to be manufactured, stored until the distributor needs it, packaged, shipped to the retail location, displayed on a store shelf until the consumer buys it, to the time the consumer actually uses the product up, can be up to a year very often much longer (I know this because my friend is in charge of this process for some well-known bath and beauty brands). This product must be preserved during this long period of time so nothing bad will grow in it. So why do bad things grow? Well, most of these creams and lotions contain water, a lot of water, you can tell because usually water is the first ingredient on the label. Water itself is not bad, we need water, it sustains life…but, herein lies the problem, water sustains life, where there is water there can be life in the form of bacteria and other harmful pathogens. So if there is water, any kind of water in a formulation, a preservative must be used. The problem here is that there are no all natural preservatives, some preservatives are just LESS toxic than others. And the chemical preservatives that are being used in many of the skincare products are profoundly bad for our bodies. It’s scary yes because we are slathering these products onto our bodies and worse yet, onto the bodies of our children.

    One of my favorite quotes by Maria Tadiello:

    “It is important to understand that the efficacy of preservatives relies, by definition, on their ability to kill live cells; in other words, their toxicity is an unavoidable component of their reason of being.” You almost have to read that sentence again to grasp the full meaning. What it says in very, very simple terms is that preservatives work because they are able to KILL live cells…Wait a minute…isn’t that what WE are made of, live cells? And there you have it.

    So look for water as a quick rule of thumb. Yes, there can be other, more toxic ingredients in that product in addition to preservatives, but this is a good starting point. If I see water, I look no further, I put it down.

  11. K.O.Noyes September 23, 2015

    Petroleum, Butyrospermum are both in lotion I have at 3 and 4 ingredient on bottle. Good or bad?

  12. Cindy Robison September 23, 2015

    I’m very fair-skinned, and I’ve had a lot of skin and skin cancer (Melanoma) issues over the years. My dermatologist always recommends CeraVe. Please give me feedback on whether this is a good or not so good product. Thank you.

  13. Peter Leuthard September 23, 2015

    So where is the clear aloe vera gel which has no added artificial colours or chemicals? I was sure it would be at the top of the goodo list.

  14. Roberta Keegan September 22, 2015

    Thank you. I will keep this list for future purchases.

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