Five Nasty Chemicals to Avoid in Skincare!

November 02, 2018

Ingredients to avoid in family skincare

Do you know what you are putting on your child’s skin?


When formulating our Beetanicals balms, the number one priority for us was safety – for our children and yours. When we began looking at the ingredients on a number of products and what they really are, we became horrified that some of them are even allowed in skincare. We chose to be fully transparent, and have provided you every ingredient and a description of each for your peace of mind.


Beetanicals says no to:

  • Mineral Oil
  • Sulphates
  • Parabens
  • Artificial Fragrances
  • Lanolin
  • Synthetic Preservatives
  • Turpentine
  • GMOs
  • Petroleum
  • Testing on Animals


Our skin protects us against many things, but a large number of natural and synthetic substances can get absorbed. Research on volatile chemicals (meaning easily released; some used in skincare are volatile) found an average absorption rate of 64%, which ranged from 29-91%! It must also be remembered that children do not have the same skin thickness as adults, and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can impair the protective properties of our skin. 



Some people use turpentine oil, either diluted or in small amounts as part of consumer products, in a well-meaning attempt to relieve congestion in cases of colds. However, turpentine does get absorbed through the skin, and can cause irritation, redness or contact dermatitis. It may also increase sensitivity to other allergens. For all these reasons, it should be avoided particularly if you or your child has a skin condition such as eczema, and even reactions to commercially available preparations have been recorded.



Parabens are used in conventional skincare products as preservatives, but can have a range of dangerous effects. A study on regular use of methyl-paraben found that some began to persist in the skin after one month. It reduced the ability of skin cells to grow, changed their shape, and lowered the levels of one type or collagen, as well as one type of hyaluronic acid. Collagen and hyaluronic acid keep the skin firm, strong and able to retain moisture; a reduction in these plus fewer skin cells may indicate that parabens speed skin aging, and could worsen conditions that impair its integrity too.

Parabens are also known as endocrine disruptors, meaning they interrupt the healthy function of hormones. Some research has found that they may contribute to infertility by damaging the ovarian eggs, as they interfere with oestrogen-dependent communication. Others have suggested that parabens could reduce testosterone (the “male” hormone, but we all produce it to some level) and lower sperm counts. For the future health of your family, it is best to be cautious and skip the parabens.


Sulphates, such as SLS, seem to be everywhere in conventional products aimed at cleaning the skin, even for children. However, SLS has been demonstrated to dry out skin by increasing water loss, with a greater effect in younger individuals. In this study, younger adults were irritated all over their faces and necks after SLS exposure, but older adults were not affected around their nose or mouth.


Artificial Fragrances

Artificial fragrances, or perfumes, are another type of irritants especially harmful to children with conditions like eczema. It is estimated that one in ten people with eczema are allergic to artificial fragrances, but some can bind with other substances, such as other ingredients or proteins in the body, to form more allergens! The irritating, immune-sensitising properties of fragrances may also trigger respiratory reactions in people with conditions like sinus allergies or asthma.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a petroleum-derived contaminant that is so easily absorbed and widely used that some researchers estimate an average accumulation of one gram per person! A study of 142 mothers undergoing a caesarean birth found that use of skincare products, such as lipsticks and hand cream, were significantly related to its contamination of body fat and breast milk. Before it gets absorbed, mineral oil may first act as a barrier, preventing the skin from “breathing” correctly. After absorption, it can have harmful effects on the body such as promoting inflammation and a disrupted immune response. In vulnerable individuals, it may increase risk of arthritis if exposure is high.


At Beetanicals, we want the best for your family’s health, and know that while achieving the best outcomes is usually not easy, it’s always worth it. That is why we skipped the readily available but nasty chemicals in order to develop products that are all-natural, safe and provide effective relief.


To check out our products that are free from all of the nasties, click below;


Baby Beetanicals - Bee Well Balm

Baby Beetanicals – Bee Soothed Balm

Beetancials – Bee Well Balm

Beetanicals – Bee Soothed Balm

Queen Beetanicals – Belly Bee Nourished Balm

Queen Beetanicals – Boo-Bee Balm


Written by: Tanya Stanley & Alexandra Preston - Naturopath - BHSc (Nat)