- WHAT IS IT?
Sodium Benzoate is a type of salt derived from Benzoic Acid and is used as a preservative in food and cosmetics. It can be found the following products: shampoos, conditioners, body wash, face and body lotions and mouthwash.
- HEALTH RISK:
If you mix sodium benzoate with vitamin C, benzene can form. And benzene is carcinogenic… Sodium Benzoate is a known neurotoxin to aquatic animals and is toxic/lethal at high doses in humans (yikes!). To top it all off, this ingredient has been linked with creating free radicals in the body, destorying mitochondrial DNA and thus adding to the body’s aging process. Readily absorbed by the skin, Sodium Benzoate’s presence in anti-aging products may, ironically, actually age you faster by damaging your DNA. Enough said!
- WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT:
If you mix sodium benzoate with vitamin C - a few popular Vitamin C skin treatments do - benzene can form. And benzene is carcinogenic.
- NON-TOXIC ALTERNATIVES:
Try Luzern Laboratories Serum Absolut. Luzern Labs' Vitamin C Serum provides Serum V12. Absolut features a rich blend of vitamins and minerals that work together to slow the formation of visible signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of the complexion. Pure vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, evens and brightens the skin's tone and protects the skin against free radical damage. Vitamins such as E, A, B3, B12 and D3 smooth and condition, reduce inflammation, improve elasticity and boost cell growth. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, collagen and elastin ensure firm, elastic skin and the complexion takes on a bright, even and radiant tone.
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