Dangers of Bio Oil and Safer Alternatives

by | Dec 10, 2017 | Non-Toxic Living

PREGNANT? Worried about stretchmarks? You need to stop using Bio Oil IMMEDIATELY!


Like you, I was a Bio Oil lover when I was pregnant (both with the twins and Piper). I was so obsessed with not getting stretchmarks that I lathered it all over my body morning and night. And while it may have worked for me and made me feel like I was doing something good for my body (although I hated it staining my clothes), I had no idea the actual truth about Bio Oil. Even though I was well aware about toxins in skincare products, I didn’t even think twice about Bio Oil. I mean, if it’s marketed for pregnant women, it should be safer right? Well, when I actually discovered what was in it and how poorly it scored on the Environmental Working Group website, I felt sick. I went on a rampage telling everyone I knew about it, especially my pregnant friends. And just like me, they had no clue.


Here are some facts that you may not know…
  • It scores a 7 on the EWG. That’s high. High is not good on the EWG!
  • The highest scoring ingredient is Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) (which scores a 9!!!!!). Germany has band this ingredient in its cosmetics.
  • Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations. Excessive Vitamin A is linked to birth defects.


How can we be allowed (especially pregnant women) to lather this all over our bodies when there is the potential for such harmful effects? Especially in terms of reproduction?


Note: Natural vitamin A and its derivatives have important roles in human reproduction and development and in maintaining good vision and healthy skin. People must consume enough vitamin A from their diet to be healthy. 


So let’s learn more about Retinol.


Retinol is the chemical name of the essential micronutrient Vitamin A which can be harmful to your health when it’s added to cosmetic products in certain forms. Two derivatives – retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate – should be avoided in cosmetics and personal care products while retinol itself should not be used at high doses.


Where is it normally found? Anti-aging creams and lotions, moisturizers, and foundation.

What to look for on your labels– Retinol, vitamin A, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, all-trans retinoic acid, tretinoin.

What are the health concerns? Cancer (Possible), Developmental and reproductive toxicity.

Who will it effect? Everyone, but especially concerning for pregnant women.

Regulations in place: All-trans retinoic acid (Tretinoin) is banned for use in cosmetics in the EU.

How can we avoid it? Read labels and avoid products containing retinyl palmitate and all-trans retinoic acid (tretinoin). Also avoid products with high doses of retinol (when in daily dosages in excess of 10,000 IU, or 3,000 retinol equivalents).


Check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for more detailed information.

So, you’re still worried about stretchmarks. What can you do instead of using Bio Oil? Well firstly, let’s start with your diet.


Here are some foods that Eat This suggest to incorporate into your diet:


1. Legumes

Skin is 75 percent collagen, which is responsible for making it smooth and elastic. To make collagen in the body, you need enough protein in your diet. These can be found in through whole grains and legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils. Eggs are also a great source of protein.


2. Drink tea

Its fluid is hydrating, so it plumps up cells to help skin look fuller, more supple and less withered. Plus, it contains powerful antioxidants that help to keep cells healthy and fight damage, including the damaged cells from stretched skin.


3. Eat foods with Zinc

Zinc-rich foods include meats, fish, Brazil nuts and turkey. Zinc is essential for collagen production, which is the connective tissue that holds the skin together. Zinc is also necessary to repair skin wounds.


4. Drink water

Hydrate! In order to keep your skin more elastic, make sure to stay well-hydrated. Consume at least half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water every day.


5. Take a fish oil supplement

Vitamin D plays a role in skin regulation, and, therefore, may play an important role in stopping the epidermal atrophy that occurs from overstretching or rapid growth. Fish oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin D, followed by swordfish, tuna, and egg yolks.


6. Don’t forget your veges!

Eat at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day,” They contain an abundance of key nutrients for skin health such as vitamin A (found in dark orange, red, and green foods), vitamin C (in citrus, berries, and melons), and E (in avocados and leafy green vegetables).


7. Healthy Fats

Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will also provide elasticity and promote healthy skin. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E and will help prevent stretch marks.


8. Blueberries and Goji Berries

The American Academy of Dermatology notes that vitamins and other nutrients have antioxidant properties that protect the body from the free radicals that are partly responsible for stretch marks. So start adding these to your daily diet!


Of course, it’s still lovely to be able to moisturize your body, especially when it’s being stretched to its limits through pregnancy.


Here are some safer alternatives to Bio Oil that do an amazing job of hydrating your skin.


1. Citrus Rosemary Body Oil

Instantly absorbed and intensely moisturizing, this nourishing blend of 13 botanical oils leaves skin smooth, silky, and luminous, while hints of grapefruit, sweet orange, and rosemary create a beautifully complex yet subtle scent. (Go to Citrus Rosemary Body Oil)


2. Body Butter

(Go to Body Butter)


3. Hydrating Body Lotion

Rich in antioxidants and amino and fatty acids, these ingredients ensure your skin stays smooth and supple all day long. (Go to Hydrating Body Lotion)


4. Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass

Antioxidant-rich acai berry supports the appearance of healthy skin, and a mix of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leaves a fresh and invigorating scent. It buffs away dead skin and leaves your body feeling soft and supple. (Go to Sugar Body Scrub)


Please pass on this info to your pregnant or soon to be pregnant girlfriends! xx

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