I was at the grocery store a few years ago during the time when I started really looking into labels when I decided to check out the box of Kleenex I was buying. Actually I think the “ingredients” list just caught my eye while I was putting it into my cart.
Ingredients? On a Kleenex Box?
Here is a list of the ingredients in the “anti-viral” Kleenex Brand tissues. Citric acid (derived from corn) I’m guessing comes from a nice harvest of GMO corn and even though isn’t going to hurt you (unless you have a corn allergy!) it has no place in your facial tissue. The second ingredient on there (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is known to:
It has been shown to irritate the skin of the face with prolonged and constant exposure (more than an hour) in young adults. SDS may worsen skin problems in individuals with chronic skin hypersensitivity, with some people being affected more than others. In animal studies SDS appears to cause skin and eye irritation. Wikipedia
Yeah, that’s something you want in your facial tissue…
Here are the ingredients in the “regular Kleenex with Aloe”. First ingredient is mineral oil, here’s what that’ll do to you:
Petrochemicals contain neurotoxins which damage the nervous system. Mineral oil forms a film on the surface of your skin that can not be absorbed, thereby blocking the pores and the skin’s natural respiration. It traps dirt and bacteria and blocks the absorption of vitamins/minerals/botanicals that may be in a product. John Hopkins University named mineral oil in cosmetics and moisturizers as the number two cause of aging (first being direct exposure to sun). It may also cause allergic reactions and dryness, as well as promote acne and other skin disorders. The Chalkboard Mag
Isopropyl palmitate can cause skin irritations. IPP use, especially in products that also contain synthetic alcohol and isopropyl alcohol, can cause a number of potential skin problems, including acne and dermatitis. EHow
Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocoa Nucifera Oil, and Aloe Vera Extract. Those last 3 ingredients aren’t nessecarily bad for you but the few few ingredients pretty much off set that don’t you think? Personally, that’s a few too many chemical ingredients in something I plan to use on my face.
Green Forest Facial Tissues have no extra ingredients and are:
- 100% Recycled Paper
- Minimum 40% Post-Consumer Recycled Content
- Soft & Absorbent
- Economical to Buy
- Whitened Without Chlorine
Now that’s what you want in a tissue! Something that does not have all those extra chemicals to irritate your skin and face. All least that’s what I prefer, instead of adding extra irritants to my face to like to be able to get them off!
What do you use for facial tissue? Have you even thought about ingredients in facial tissue before?
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