Skincare is Polluting the Air

We’ve outlined many reasons on this blog why natural skincare products are the way to go. If you’re interested in a refresher, or haven’t seen these past posts, click here to read about why natural soap is so much better for you than commercial soaps. Click here to read about the dangers of parabens, the synthetic compounds used as preservatives in a wide range of health and beauty products. And, of course, you know SeaLuxe does not use water in its products as a cheap additive, right? To learn more about that, click here.

Now that we have that out of the way, here’s something else that will blow your mind when it comes to skincare. Did you know that there is now evidence that suggests personal care products are adding to air pollution in urban areas? Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true!

We usually think of pollution in urban areas as coming from cars and trucks. While that was the case for many decades, common pollutants from cars have gone down by a whopping 65 per cent since the 1970s thanks to technological advancements to engines and gasoline.

University of Colorado research scientist Matthew Coggon recently penned an incredible story about all of this in online magazine The Conversation. His lab analyzed urban air in two cities: Boulder, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario. His team identified a compound in the air samples called decamethycyclopentaxiloxane, otherwise called D5.

“…We learned that pure D5 siloxane is produced mainly as an additive for deodorants and hair care products,” Coggon said in the article titled Your shampoo, hair spray and skin lotion may be polluting the air. “On average, people use products that contain a total of about 100-200 milligrams of D5 every day – roughly the weight of half an aspirin tablet. Some fraction of these products end up going down the drain when we shower, but the majority of what remains on our bodies ends up in the atmosphere. D5 can also be found in many other places including soil, oceans and the tissues of fish and human beings.”

Coggon went on to report that his team found that D5 concentrations were highest in these cities during the morning – when most people shower, apply personal care products and go to work.

It’ll be interesting to hear more about Coggon and the work from other labs that focus their research on air quality. They’re still learning about which compounds are more reactive, and have a larger impact on our environment.

We here at SeaLuxe absolutely love science and will be following Coggon’s research as it comes available.