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Here are some Skin Care Ingredients you should avoid:
It seems incredible, but many skin care products are loaded with ingredients that actually harm your skin over time. In this section, we will talk about some of these.
First, mineral oil. I have seen this oil used in literally hundreds of products I’ve looked at. Mineral oil may also go by the names liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, and petrolatum on the product label. Mineral oil is used so pervasively in skin care products for one reason: it’s cheap!
However, mineral oil, once applied, prevents the skin from “breathing.” As such, it clogs pores, interferes with your skin’s natural ability to eliminate toxins, and can lead to acne flare ups. Also, it is irritating to the skin and if used for any length of time, your skin can become dependent on it, causing chapping and dryness. Lastly, it can lead to premature aging of the skin. It’s amazing this substance is even allowed in so-called “skin care” products at all.
Dioxane: (a synthetic derivative of coconut). This substance is widely used in skincare products. It often contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, which is readily absorbed through the skin. I know this sounds crazy, but 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. To think people pay money to put this stuff on their skin unknowingly is downright scary.
Fragrances: Who doesn’t like to smell nice? Well, I’m here to tell you that if you want to smell nice, use a little bit of perfume or cologne….or some bodyspray. Your skin care products should not contain fragrances. Many fragrances are produced from ingredients that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.
You must remember that your skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything you put on it can be easily absorbed through the pores. Now, why would I recommend you use perfume or cologne as a fragrance but to choose a skin care product without them?
The reason is simple. When you use skin care products, they are applied all over the face, neck, and body. This covers a lot of surface area and, therefore, a great deal of chemical absorption occurs.
Now, I’m sure that many colognes and perfumes contain less than desirable substances too, but I’m enough of a realist to know that people aren’t going to stop using these products to smell nice. However, with perfumes and colognes, you can achieve what you want by a small dab here and there.
So, in my opinion, this is a much better route to go than to use skin care products that also contain potentially dangerous fragrance chemicals that are directly applied and massaged into the skin all over your body.
Parabens: methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben. Many skin care products (and moisturizing products) will use parabens as a preservative so their products have a long shelf life. The reason is purely economical. However, studies suggest that they may cause cancer and interfere with the bodys endocrine system, as well as causing allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Alcohols: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol. Not all alcohols have the same properties, but these, which are commonly found in skin care products, are very drying and irritating for the skin. Alcohols such as these strip away the skin’s natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses.
Now that we’ve looked at some of the bad ingredients, let’s examine some of the good ingredients like that are listed here.