It seems a little counter-intuitive to highlight the health-boosting effects of the pillow, while many of you are still slathering potentially dangerous chemicals on your face each night.
Preventing wrinkles is great, and we’re all about anti-aging, but here are a handful of ingredients that are found in some skin care products and creams, that should be on your radar.
1) BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are chemicals that are primarily used as preservatives in make up and moisturizers. Their use in cosmetics is currently unrestricted in Canada, but Health Canada considers BHA a “high human health priority” and BHT a “moderate human health priority” based on their carcinogenicity (cancer causing).
2) DEA-Related Ingredients
DEA (diethanolamine) and its related compounds work to make moisturizers and shampoos foamy or sudsy. DEA is also used to adjust pH levels, lowering the acidity of other ingredients. It also has industrial applications in oil refineries. These chemicals are unrestricted for use in cosmetics in Canada, but are considered a “moderate human health priority” by Health Canada.
3) Coal Tar Dyes
Colours that are derived from coal tar are used in a wide variety of cosmetics. They are typically identified with a five-digit number to differentiate between the specific ingredients. Coal tar itself is derived from petroleum and is generally recognized as a human carcinogen. In Canada, several coal tar dyes are prohibited for use, mostly in eye make up. Many colours derived from coal tar are still used in other cosmetics on a regular basis.
You’ve probably heard of parabens and while research has shown parabens easily penetrate the skin and can mimic estrogen in the body, there are currently no restrictions on paraben use in cosmetics in Canada.
The scent of a skin cream or moisturizer is often part of its appeal, but when you see the word ‘fragrance’ on the list of ingredients, there may be dozens of different chemicals included. Around 3,000 different chemicals are used as fragrance boosters for cosmetics, and most have not been tested for toxicity. Since specific fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, manufacturers aren’t required to list all the ingredients on the labels.
This list of five is really just the tip of a very big iceberg. If you’ve been using skin creams and moisturizers that contain any of these ingredients, consider finding less-toxic alternatives.
Finding the Perfect Moisturizer
When you DO find and invest in the perfect face cream for you, the last thing you want is to apply it at night and have it all come off and onto your pillow as you sleep! Including the EnVy pillow in your anti-aging and anti-wrinkle night time regime. The off-your-face design not only promotes a youthful appearance by reducing and preventing sleep wrinkles but it also allows your expensive moisturizers to remain where you put them --- on your face.
Are you going to read the labels on your favourite face cream before you buy?