Behind Beauty: Petrolatum, Parabens& Silicone

Picture made by me on Picmonkey. Lol, I really didn’t know what to use 😀

At this very time, I bet a lot of you has heard about petrolatum and parabens being in cosmetics and daily use products, but there isn’t nearly enough information about what those really are.

I will just be giving you a brief explanation, as ain’t nobody got time for more right? 😉


Petrolatum is a mineral oil jelly. It’s like a far cousin of gasoline XD However, it’s been used for years in cosmetic products to lock the moisture in the skin. Recent studies suggest that petrolatum can be contaminated with a substance that leads to cancer other than allergies and skin irritation.

The European Union restricted their use in cosmetics, but I suggest to avoid them as much as possible, especially if you have a sensitive skin.

I don’t say you have to throw away half of your stuff right now, but you might want to explore more natural possibilities that the modern science offered 🙂

More infos here.


Parabens are preservatives. They are used to prevent your favorite products from growing fungus and bacterias. They are used in almost every beauty product, from mascaras to creams and shampoo. The reason of concern about them is that,as petroleum, there are some actual studies that links their use with breast and testicular cancer and disruption of the endocrine system. No panic though, because scientists are sure of nothing yet, and parabens have been used for almost 70 years now, dare I say safely.

So, what I suggest to my clients is not to panic about it, but if you can find an equally good product that has no parabens, why not to go for it? The product I’d pay more attention about is deodorant, as it is absorbed in a zone full of lymph glands.

A cool, green aternative are deodorant stones. Just make sure you buy biological ones!

Most used parabens: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.


Silicone is also use to lock the moisture in and it visually fixes uneven skin. However, its consistance is dense, and it tends to lock bacterias in as well as moisture. The consequence is that, the more you use it and the more your skin is prone to breakouts. Which leads you to use more of it (typically in form of a primer or foundation, but also face moisturizers!!) and start a circle.

It can be toxic when used in large doses but that’s rarely the case. The problem is that you might be using a product to fix your breakouts and eczemas while that very product it’s causing it. Or maybe your shampoo, that falls on your face and body every time you shower.

It’s not easy to avoid silicones as they’re so largely used, but a good research can lead you to your soulmate products. However, if you don’t have a particularly dry, sensitive or prone skin you might just not worry about it and maybe take some borrage oil capsules for a period, to strenghten your skin.

You will generally find silicone in the list of the ingredients with the names  Dimethicone or Methicone, but anything that ends with (one) will most likely have something to do with it.

You need to know:

– Even luxury brands use petrolatum, parabens and silicone.

– 99% of products that don’t use them will have it stated on the box.

– It’s not like “they will give you cancer right now” but it’s good to be aware

– If you have sensitive skin it’s important to avoid those 3 ingredients as they might be making your situation worst without you realizing.

If you have any other question, please ask in the comments below 🙂



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