Ever get that dazed and confused feeling when reading the ingredients on the bottle? Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the nomenclature of an ingredient label. You've probably tried to convince yourself that maybe it’s something all body scrubs have or that it's the "norm" in skincare products. You then accept it and just take it as is.
Just because a skincare product has a long list of ingredients, certainly doesn’t mean it's good for you. Sometimes the best products actually contain the least amount of ingredients, and are better for you overall.
Beware of always going with the "norm." Seek out better ingredients in your product lineup, your skin is the first line of defense on a daily basis. Be sure to treat it with care.
Listed below are five (5) ingredients you'll want to avoid when purchasing skincare products:
- Triclosan and Triclocarban: These ingredients can be found in antibacterial soap, including children's products. They can cause symptoms like hormonal disruption, bacterial resistance, impaired muscle function and increased allergies. Instead we recommend using a natural antibacterial such as tea tree oil.
- Parabens: They're the most common and damaging ingredient that pops up in different products such as makeup, shower gels, scrubs, face cleansers and more. Parabens mimic estrogen and it's ability to affect hormones, but in a negative manner. Isopropyl is known for damaging the endocrine system. Always look for “paraben free” products.
- Polyethylene: These are mini plastic beads found in scrubs, body washes, makeup and toothpaste. It’s carcinogenic because of how quickly it’s absorbed and very harsh on sensitive skin. They are also considered highly ranked pollutants. These tiny harmful plastic beads travel in the water and end up being eaten by marine life.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This one is known for altering the balance of oil on our skin. This is why it's been the number one ingredient responsible for causing acne and breakouts.
Mineral Oil: It sounds natural, but it isn’t. It’s a product of petroleum distillation when making gasoline. It’s used in lip balms, lotions and skin care products. When it is applied to the skin, it basically chokes its natural barrier and causes permanent dryness.
Keep these in mind next time you go shopping for your next skincare product. Avoid these harmful chemical ingredients at all cost and try to seek out products with natural ingredients. You and the skin you're in deserves the best.
Wishing you all beautiful skin,
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