There are so many skincare products floating around that decisions as to what will truly work for your skin might feel more overwhelming than necessary. Some of these products are being branded as all natural, organic, and perhaps even costing an arm and a leg to purchase. You buy them, because something or someone has convinced you about the miracle of what it can do.
If you’ve done your homework, you know exactly what we’re talking about when we say it’s not enough to look at a bottle marked as organic or all natural. Many of them could still contain preservatives and ingredients that could irritate your sensitive skin and perhaps even cause serious long-term effects.
Here are 7 ingredients to look out for before purchasing your skin care products
We hope this list will help you understand your skin care products and whether or not they are right for you.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- Ethanolamine Compounds (TEA, DEA, MEA)
- FD&C Synthetic Colors
- AHA and BHA
- Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, and Paraffin
- Chemicals found in sunscreen
You could find this ingredient in most skin care products that produce plenty of lather. However, it’s also possible to find them in your mascara and other facial skin care treatments.
SLS is responsible for a myriad of health issues that concern many parts of your body including the liver, kidney, central nervous system, respiratory system, and more!
This compound can also be found in makeup, sunscreens, soaps, shampoos, and so much more! It is easily absorbed through the skin and can cause many problems, including contact dermatitis, liver problems, and even cancer.
Phthalates are solvents that can be found in many things, including plastic, skin care products, deodorants, perfume, and just about everything!
Almost everyone is exposed to this ingredient at some point or other. It can even be inhaled!
Phthalates are one of the many causes of a lot of health problems, including the possibility of birth defects, even cancer. Sadly, it’s not required to be placed on the labels of many products. However, if it IS found, it might be a good idea to refrain from it, especially since we know we’re exposed to enough of it already!
FD&C represent the artificial colors that could be easily absorbed into the skin. These are produced from coal tar and can easily irritate the skin as well as cause other long-term health dangers, including nervous and reproductive system disruptions, and sometimes even death.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid known as AHA is a common ingredient in skin creams for people with oily skin. Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) on the other hand, is a helpful ingredient in products for acne prone skin. Both products can irritate skin and make it highly sensitive to light and radiation.
These three ingredients are found in many skin care ingredients to moisturize the skin. However, in 2011, a study showed that “there is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person.”
In addition to mineral oil being contaminants, it also clogs pores, cause skin irritation, cause gastrointestinal problems, and other side effects that might require a visit to the physician.
Yes, we do need sunscreen. It is always best to have it on as it protects us from harmful UVB radiation. Without it, is highly exposed to radiation. If we regularly use creams that lighten our skin or use skin care products with ingredients that cause our skin to be sensitive to light, then we would put ourselves in even higher risk.
Para-AminoBenzoic Acid, also known as PABA, is a common ingredient in many sunscreens. However, it can also cause many deficiencies, such as wrinkles, headaches, DNA damage, cancer, and more!