About What You Put On And In Your Body...
Remember the days when Mom used to stop you before you popped that inviting little berry into your mouth, screaming, "Don't you dare! That's poison!"
Mom would have likely had the same reaction if you were about to put certain synthetic ingredients anywhere on, in, or near your precious Hooha. (Pause for cringe.)
Here's the reason: Your skin is an absorptive organ, which means that molecules enter your blood circulation and gain access to all of your organs, tissues, and cells. It's no different than if you sprinkle toxins on top of your spaghetti…and eat them!
Around here, we're relentlessly mindful of ingredients—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
THE BIG NO'S…
What it is: A preservative used in many personal lubricants and even skin-care products to keep them fresh and free of germs. You'll frequently see the prefix methyl, butyl, or propyl on the ingredient list.
Why not: Paraben actually mimics the hormone, Estrogen, and increases the proliferation of breast cancer cells; it can also block Testosterone, and is actually banned by the European Union.
What it is: This cheap petroleum-based chemical is found in many personal lubricants.
Why not: It's associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. 'Nuff said.
GO FOR IT…
What it is: A common salt-based preservative, typically used as a food-additive to help prevent the growth of fungi and mold.
Why sure: Generally well-tolerated and safe (it's FDA approved), Potassium Sorbate keeps personal lubricants fresh and pristine.
What it is: Pretty much as it sounds…a mild acid derived from citrus fruits.
Why sure: A healthy vaginal environment is one that's PH-balanced and free of bacteria-causing sugars; Citric Acid helps adjust the PH in a personal lubricant so that it matches with the natural acid levels of the vagina.
Think of it this way: You’ve traded cow’s milk for coconut milk; face cream full of chemically based ingredients for natural skin care; now, it’s time to give the ingredients in your most intimate consumables just as much attention.
Hillary Quinn is a national lifestyle writer, whose work has appeared in many magazines, newspapers, and websites, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Brides.