Going natural is not new but is a popular trend in skin care products. It turns out the products you use on your face daily could contain chemical ingredients that wreck havoc on your skin. Your skin absorbs more than you may think and if you have sensitive skin some ingredients can cause you problems. If you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin you will need to pay attention and read the labels for some common ingredients to avoid.
Parabens: Parabens are used widely as preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Doesn’t sound like a problem right? Parabens also mimic estrogen properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. They are absorbed through the skin and can be found in makeup, skin care products, shampoo, conditioner and more.
Fragrances: These could be almost anything. They are used to protect “secret ingredients” in products. They also can cause allergic reactions such as rashes, dermatitis, and respiratory issues. If you are sensitive to fragrances look for products that are fragrance free. This is becoming more common and are prevalent on the label.
Polyethylene Glycol: It is used as a thickening agent and in multiple caustic products such as oven cleaners and others designed to remove grease. It can alter the moisture content of your skin, giving an aged appearance to your skin. It is found in moisturizers, sunscreen and makeup.
Alcohol, isopropyl: It can be drying and irritating to your skin, stripping it of the natural moisture and immune system barrier. This can lead to an earlier appearance of aging and wrinkles. It can be found in many hair and skin products. There are other forms of alcohol in acne products that can have similar outcomes.
This is not meant to scare you away from most products. Chances are you won’t have issues with many of them. The goal is to bring awareness to the fact that you are putting products on your skin that could have adverse effects. Your skin absorbs more than you may think and one ingredient could cause major problems. As with what you eat, it is a very good idea to become familiar with ingredients in the products you use and skim the labels to look for something out of place.
It is always a good idea to be a more aware consumer. You can have an impact on the industry and what the future looks like if you know what to look for and what the effects are. I hope this gives you an idea of what to keep your eye out for. The internet is a great place to go if you are unsure what an ingredient is or does.