You and many others apply moisturizers every day. Yet, how much do you know about moisturizers? We think we found some interesting information(1-6)…if you just happened to be curious, or if you wanted to find some practical ways to use moisturizer(7-10)
1. What was the First Moisturizer?
According to Archeologists, moisturizers entered the scene around 10,000 BC. Prior to this in 35,000 BC the wheel was invented, by people with dry hands. Geography determined the type of moisturizer that a culture used.
So really, there was not a “first moisturizer” but cultures suddenly began using what they could, in order to make moisturizers.
2. The various moisturizer ingredients used centuries ago:
What was used often varied, some cultures used oils, like olive oil, while others used animal or plant based fats.
The Witch Hazel found in our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes was first utilized by Ponds Cream in 1846. While the Petroleum Jelly used in Vaseline was invented in 1872. It is said that the inventor Robert Chesebrough found oil field workers using a thick jelly on their wounds. Soon afterward, he invented Vaseline.
Other moisturizer ingredients throughout the centuries include, but are probably not limited to: honey, bread, egg white, vinegar, ginger, vermillion(which has traces of mercury), old wine and lard, milk, castor oil, pig fat, strawberries, and benzopyrene.
3. The first known death possibly caused by over-moisturizing…with benzopyrene:
We will probably need to reserve a separate blog post about the first woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Both for becoming the first female Pharaoh(it has been said that she wore a fake beard), and because it appears that she used enough moisturizer to kill herself.
That moisturizer she used contained a very dangerous chemical called Benzopyrene. She was using it for her eczema. Through overuse, she only reigned on the throne for a modest 15 years.
Benzopyrene contains high levels of carcinogens, hence why it is so dangerous.
4. Do moisturizers cause Skin Cancer?
In the case of Hatshepsut we see that un-natural moisturizers can have deadly side-effects. Yet can our modern products cause cancer? A well-known study in 2008 had shown that some moisturizers could potentially cause cancer, at least in mice. Mice of course, have a skin much different than human skin, so the results are inconclusive.
Really the best thing you could do prior to purchasing a moisturizer is finding out what is really in it. That is why we provide you with the ingredients for each of our products in our Collection.
Our Science page also reviews the natural ingredients that go into our products.
5. 85% of Moisturizers contain parabens to prevent bacteria growth. Parabens may cause cancer.
If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens.
Parabens are known to affect estrogen levels, and according to research, when an influx of estrogen occurs, cell division has been known increase, in conjunction with tumors.
“CSC cites a 2004 British study that detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied.” – Scientific American
If you are looking for paraben free products, you may want to take a look at our recent blog post here.
6. Your skin care products may be making you feel sick.
7. Waiting until your skin is dry to apply moisturizer, may keep your skin dry.
Moisturizer is meant to help preserve your skin's moisture. If your skin is dry when you apply moisturizer there isn’t very much moisture to envelope. So, apply moisturizer to your skin when it is damp, to help preserve the moisture.
8. Different areas of your body may respond better to different moisturizers.
Your body has varying levels of moisture. One type of moisturizer may not solve all of your problems or one area on your body may get too much moisture while another does not get enough. So keep an eye out for dry spots as that may be a sign that you need a different type of moisturizer.
9. Applying Moisturizer the wrong way can cause you to look older.
10. Having oily skin does not always mean that you can skip moisturizing.
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