After Sun & Aloe Vera

🌟Summer products 🏝- after sun lotion or aloe vera gel.
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A lot of after sun lotions and aloe vera gels have artificial colors, fragrance with phthalates, and formaldehyde releasors 👎🏻.
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Artificial colors are used in after sun lotion and (beauty and hygiene products) for the same reason it’s used in food...to make it look more appealing! Study after study, though, show that artificial colors are absorbed by the skin and enter the body (see sources below).
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👎🏻Artificial colors are made from petroleum and can be contaminated with heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. Earlier this year, the FDA revealed chemicals (specifically sunscreen) can be absorbed and enter the bloodstream! (Journal of the American Medical Association)
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👎🏻Similarly, according to the NIH, artificial dyes can be absorbed through the skin and wreak havoc on the immune system. The molecules are small and the immune system finds it difficult defend the body against them. They’re also disruptive because they bond to food or body proteins and act in “stealth mode” to disrupt the immune system and cause an immunological response
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👎🏻Researchers from the Slovak University of Technology studied Brilliant Blue (also known as FD&C Blue No 1) and found that it entered the bloodstream and may inhibit cell respiration.
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👎🏻Artificial colors can block pores, increase the risk of irritation, breakouts and sensitivity. Red dyes have been associated with a form of acne called acne cosmetica. (Leslie Baumann, MD)
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☀️If you want even more after sun lotion ideas, check out my Summer Cheat Sheet in the link in my bio!
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Sources:
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2733085
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25599186
https://www.npr.org/2011/03/30/134962888/fda-probes-link-between-food-dyes-kids-behavior
https://www.prevention.com/life/a20450128/blue-food-dyes-absorbed-into-bloodstream/