Watch out for antifreeze in your skin cream!

Watch out for antifreeze in your skin cream!

By Kelsea Fowler Posted on

Between clever labeling, FDA loopholes, and our insatiable hunger for youth and beauty, millions of people unknowingly apply propylene glycol, a core ingredient of antifreeze, to their skin daily.

You might swear by the “skin-perfecting” products you use morning and night. Whether you’re trying to reduce acne, diminish signs of aging, or simply stay hydrated, companies like Neutrogena, L'oreal, and Olay convince buyers that their ingredients are completely harmless. But what if you discovered the truth about the cancer-causing ingredients in your favorite moisturizers and creams?

Surprise! Skincare and cosmetic products aren’t regulated by the US government for safety. Rather, they’re left up to the morals of the manufacturer. When we found out these toxic chemicals (listed below) are in pretty much every major cosmetic product, we were mortified! We couldn’t believe these major brands could get away with such deceit and have zero concern for the public health, but that’s the reality.

Antifreeze AKA Propylene Glycol

The most offending ingredient that has crept its way into your daily skincare routine is Propylene Glycol (PG), which is found in popular cosmetic brands products such as Neutrogena, L’Oreal, Shu Uemura, Olay, Kiehl's, Chanel, Crème de la Mer and La Prairie (to name a few).

Propylene Glycol is a core ingredient in antifreeze and toxic paint. There are different grades of PG - industrial (like in antifreeze) and pharmaceutical (like in cosmetics). But an association between skincare and antifreeze is alarming, regardless. While the EPA deems the industrial grade of PG highly poisonous by exposure, the pharmaceutical grade is less poisonous because it’s less concentrated, but still far from being safe. It was shunned and categorized by the American Academy of Dermatologists as a “skin irritant and allergen”, even in dime-size amounts. The President of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says that PG is permitted in personal care products in concentrations up to 50% but has tested as an allergen and skin irritant at 2%. That’s proof that the manufacturers could care less about customer safety.

What does the antifreeze do that makes it a chosen ingredient?

Ever since the beauty trend of plumped cheeks and big lips, PG has been of use. PG is sold to American consumers as the “puffing, plumping, moisture-locking miracle ingredient”. But, is banned in Canada and many European countries because of the irritation and damage it does to the barriers of the skin. The main health concern with PG is that it alters the structure of the skin by “plumping it”, which allows the PG to go deep beneath the layers. From there, it enters the bloodstream and lets other present toxins in along with it. These carcinogens in your bloodstream can stay for weeks and have troubling effects on your health, like hormone disruption, infertility, early menstruation and breast development, and an increased risk of cancer.  

How and why are cancer-causing ingredients allowed?

Unfortunately, the FDA and other governing bodies have a microscopic input in what’s allowed in cosmetic products in the United States. So, companies hold the power to do whatever (like disguise harmful ingredients in pretty packaging to raise their profits). And with beauty standards constantly heightening, consumers keep coming back for more and more products to solve new problems that the beauty industry creates.

Pay attention to labels!

It’s important to pay attention to what’s in your skincare products, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. PG causes allergic reactions, redness, dryness, scaliness, and extreme discomfort if you already experience eczema or psoriasis. Be sure to read your ingredients label before your next skincare routine.  Don’t see Propylene Glycol in your favorite skincare products? Check for some of its known aliases: methyl ethyl glycol, propane-1,2-diol, and 1,2-dihydroxypropane , propane-1, 2-diol, and 1,2-dihydroxypropane. Yes, these are alias names for Propylene Glycol that cosmetic brands use to trick customers into thinking this dangerous ingredient isn’t in their product.

Choose Brands You Can Trust.

The best way to make sure your skincare is free of toxic ingredients like propylene glycol is to choose 100% natural and organic products. At Aloe Infusion, we are so passionate about creating skincare that enriches your wellbeing from the outside in (without parabens, preservatives, or harsh chemicals/fragrances), to earn and deserve  your trust. We use super-antioxidant ingredients, like organic Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Coenzyme Q10, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Manuka Honey, Green Tea, and Kukui Nut Oil, to bring vitality to the face and body! Our unique blends are the perfect therapy for dry/oily skin, aging, acne, sun damage, stretch marks, rashes, pores, dark circles, oiliness, joint/muscle pain, and more.

Try our Face & Body cream for an amazing moisturizer that uses all of those skin superfoods above PLUS about thirty more! It’s been proven to be effective treatments for anti-aging, acne, eczema, scars, and dry/oily skin! You can read more about our awesome ingredients here on our website, and feel confident that we’re certified cruelty-free, preservative-free, paraben-free, and vegan. I’ve even enclosed a 20% off Coupon below for you to use if you choose to snag a jar - remember, you DESERVE to have naturally flawless skin without sacrificing your health!