As eco-consciousness and sustainability continue to gain a foothold in American minds, so too has a heightened awareness of the chemical makeup of the products we use each day. The steady rise of organic and all-natural options in industries as diverse as produce, cleaning solutions and cosmetics is a testament to an increased consciousness of the potential perils of the chemicals big-name brands have used for decades.
Given the intimate nature of personal lubricants, it's no surprise that this field is also coming under closer scrutiny among consumers. In a bid to promote awareness about the toxins many women may unknowingly expose themselves to, the healthy living news outlet Care2 published a list of some common chemicals used in sexual lubricants that should be avoided, which include:
- Parabens – These synthetic preservatives are found in many water-based cosmetics. Care2 notes that they "mimic estrogen," which the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics states may increase cancer risk and lead to endocrine disruption. Avoid these risks by choosing paraben-free options whenever possible.
- Petrochemicals – Ingredients that are derived from petroleum are widely used in the cosmetic industry, but may prove risky because they can prevent skin from breathing naturally. Petrochemicals may also contain impurities that could harm your health.
- Silicone – Like petroleum-based ingredients, silicone can impair the skin's natural functions. In addition, it may have toxic side effects, Care2 states.
Every woman deserves to feel pleasure, but – without due caution – exploring your sexuality may inadvertently put your health at risk, particularly if the products you use contain harsh chemicals. By selecting all-natural sexual lubricants, you can protect the most delicate area of your body while enhancing your intimate experiences.