Did you know that many of your skincare products contain harsh chemicals that actually damage your skin? Although many products say “natural”, their ingredients are not natural. But understanding the carcinogenic nature of chemicals in skin care products can change this behavior. Here are a few of the most important ingredients to avoid in skin care products:
Perfumes and Fragrances
Just because it smells good doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin. Most fragrances are of synthetic origin, many are toxic or carcinogenic (causing or contributing to cancer). Fragrances affect the central nervous system and cause depression, hyperactivity, irritability and other behavioral changes. The “fragrances” label can refer to a large number of synthetic and toxic chemicals. When looking for something that smells good, make sure it smells essential oils.
This chemical has been found to reduce sperm cell counts in animals and is currently under review by the EPA.
This is known as petroleum jelly and is a mineral oil used in a variety of cosmetics. It has no nutritional value for the skin and can interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, causing dryness and cracking. Companies produce petrolatum because it is so cheap.
Synthetic Dye –FD&C Food Coloring
Color makes things look good, but they may not be good for the skin. The colors are usually synthetic colors made from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts, which leave toxins on the skin causing skin sensitivity and irritation. They will be labeled FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic.
This is a carcinogen that is banned for us in cosmetics in the European Union. It is found in dandruff shampoos, hair dyes, and anti-itch creams.
This chemical makes shaving cream smooth, but research links it to neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as asthma and allergies. It is also found in nail polish, perfume, and hairspray.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
This is found in foaming things. They are known to cause inflammation of the skin.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) & TEA (triethanolamine)
These hormone-disrupting chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. They were placed because they cause cancer.
It causes cancer and is specified by the EPA as a pesticide.
Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol
These are petroleum plastics that can easily pass through the skin and weaken the protein and cellular structure.
Mineral Oil (aka Baby Oil)
This single ingredient is very common in everyday skin care products. It prevents the body from eliminating toxins, promoting acne and other ailments. It slows down skin function and cell growth. Stop putting this on our babies!
As consumers in general, we should read labels carefully. Do not buy because it smells good or looks good. Read up on what “good” means for your body, and then make a healthy choice from a quality product that protects the skin you deserve. Provide a naturally healthier and more flexible appearance. It’s time to take a more active role in skin health and take an interest in investing in the skin it’s in. In addition, magazines should take a more active role in the education and advertisement of natural products that support health both inside and outside. your body.
Daily cleansing and moisturizing and weekly exfoliation are essential for healthy skin for everyone.
The author is the owner of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, a company that makes 100% natural salt body scrubs that exfoliate and moisturize the skin. The owner believes that companies and consumers are mutually responsible for reducing exposure to chemicals and toxic substances. While companies may stop producing them by offering alternative ingredients, consumers may stop buying them and demand healthier products.