Unveiling the truth: What's really in your pain relief cream?

Have you ever stopped to consider what's inside that little tube of cream or patch that promises so much relief?

In our quest for quick relief from the aches and pains of daily life, products like Icy Hot have become go-to solutions.

Today, we're diving deep into the ingredient list of Icy Hot to uncover what you're really applying to your skin. Our findings are based on a thorough review of ingredient analyses and health advisories.

We included links to the scientific research to back our claims:


1. Methylparaben:

A common preservative found in many skincare and pharmaceutical products. While effective at preventing the growth of mold and bacteria, methylparabens are part of a family of chemicals that have raised concerns over their potential to disrupt hormone function.


2. Sodium Polyacrylate:

This super absorbent polymer, which can soak up hundreds of times its mass in water, is also what makes diapers so effective. However, it's flagged for potential toxicity concerns when inhaled or ingested - a peculiar choice for a product meant for skin application.


3. PEG-150 Distearate:

Although on the lower end of the toxicity scale among polyethylene glycols (PEGs), PEG-150 Distearate can penetrate the skin barrier, reaching the bloodstream. It may contain impurities like ethylene oxide, a substance known for its cancer-causing potential. 


4. Propylene Glycol:

Recognized as generally safe, this ingredient serves multiple industrial applications, including as a solvent in paints and plastics. Its presence in personal care products, however, has drawn scrutiny over potential skin irritation and systemic toxicity with prolonged exposure.


While Icy Hot provides undeniable temporary relief, it's crucial to be informed about the ingredients you're introducing to your body.

Alternatives exist that offer pain relief without these controversial ingredients, like our Ache Relief Salve - we encourage you to explore these options.

Your health and well-being are our top priority here at Plantsbasically.
If you have any concerns or questions about the products you use, we're here to help.

Together, let's make informed choices that align with our health and values.


John Palmere, CEO


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