It’s unclear exactly how I first learned about parabens, but when I discovered the estrogen mimic-ing preservatives were linked to cancer, I got a little grossed out by the thought of slathering my body in the questionable compound.
I was using Lubriderm Daily Moisture which is loaded with parabens — several variations. So I switched to a paraben-free version, Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter which ended up having a whole host of other shady stuff including fragrance, Ceteareth-20 and DMDM Hydantoin (formaldehyde releaser). Turns out my attempt at making a healthy switch was really a move from bad body moisturizer to lotion chock full o’yuck.
I don’t want to go all scientific here– spewing out ingredients with complicated names. I’m just trying to raise awareness of what these ingredients are so we can make better choices. Popping product names into the cosmetic database for a quick read on its toxicity level is always an option. But ultimately, it’s best to become familiar with what is going on (and into) our skin.
My latest foray into the body lotion department turned up a really nice result — Andalou Naturals Body Butter, Kukui Cocoa. It goes on smooth like butter (hence the name!) and smells like chocolate. At first, I was like what is that smell?? It was a little weird wearing l’eau d’chocolate. But it grew on me, and GL loves it too!
Oh, cocoa also has amazing antioxidant properties which naturally prevent aging along with providing deep hydration — something my skin will definitely need as the cold weather nears.
What’s your favorite body lotion?