7 Toxic Skincare Ingredients To Avoid
Is everything written on your skincare product safe for you? Helping your skin and body is really the ultimate goal of all products. But there is still the good, the bad and the ugly all contained inside that fine looking product.
The fact it makes you look good doesn’t mean it can’t harm your body. Most of them have serious side effects which affects not just the skin but can also cause adverse chain reactions inside the body.
You should be scared right now, but because we care. We have brought you a list of 7 toxic skin care ingredients.
1. Synthetic fragrance
It is always listed as fragrance, parfum or perfume. It can be found in body washes, lotions, creams and deodorants.
Even though the excuse for using it, is to mask the bad smell of the products. Or mask the formulae and ingredients. It is just a mixture of chemicals that turn into fragrance.
They are not also excused from triggering allergic reactions. I once had a deodorant that when it touched my body made it itchy and red. Or the one that always triggered a cough when ever I perceived it.
Synthetic fragrance can also cause lung and eye irritation apart from skin irritation. Too much exposure can also lead to breathing problems, dizziness and headaches.
This is also known as triclocarban. It is mostly found in antibacterial soaps and antiperspirants. It is an antimicrobial agent.
Its effectiveness as a bacteria fighting agent is much in doubt. It has been pointed as a culprit in some hormone disruptions. It can cause problems to the reproductive and thyroid hormones.
Some studies even suggest that it can make the skin resistant to bacteria and cause skin irritation.
3. Propylene glycol.
It is mostly found in sunscreens, moisturizers, and cleansing creams. It is mostly written as 1,2-dihydroxypropane or 1,2-propanediol.
It is a colorless and odorless liquid. It helps lock moisture into the skin. It is most times used in conditioning the skin.
The main reason its used in cosmetics is to retain freshness even when shipped. It also helps water and oil to mix homogeneously when added to lotion.
Despite the good side, it has been reported to cause skin irritation. When exposed to the eye can cause conjunctivitis.
When absorbed by the skin can cause serious allergies e.g. dermatitis, rashes and hives. It could be harmful for those suffering from liver problems.
It is advisable not to be used by pregnant women. The fetus may not be able to metabolize it as fast as an adult.
Have you bought a product and noticed a “paraben free’’ label on it?
Paraben is the most popular cosmetic preservative. It has being used for more than 70 years.
Questions are arising about parabens. It can come in different names in your shampoo, mascara, makeup, moisturiser and cleanser. It is known as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.
Researchers are debating whether parabens are a primary cause of breast cancer. It has been found in most bret cancer biopsies for both male and female.
It also causes endocrine disruption. And this hormonal imbalance can affect childbirth, tissue and cell growth and even heart beat rate.
Sulfates are found in a great deal of products like Face cleansers, body washes, and shampoos. Ever seen SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (Sodium Laureth sulfate) on the product list?
Sulfates are primarily foaming agents. So you can find it a lot in bubble baths. The bad side is it can cause damage to hair follicles. It also fades hair colour and causes it to be brittle.
It also causes skin irritation and inflamed skin.
It is best to wash off fast while bathing as it can clog the skin pores when left for long on the skin.
6. Mineral oil
Commonly found in Lotions, creams, and ointments. You can see it Liquid paraffin, Light liquid paraffin, or Baby oil.
It is an odorless and colorless emollient. It is mostly used to lock in moisture. It is quite cheap and lightweight compared to other emollients.
The bad news is that it clogs the pores. Its large molecules just sit on the surface of the skin without getting absorbed. This can cause discoloration and sun damage
It can cause breakouts because it traps bacteria and cause a physical barrier to the skin.
Contained in Soaps, facial cleansers, body washes, and bubble baths and known as Diethanolamine (DEA) or Triethanolamine (TEA).
It acts as an emulsifying or foaming agent.
When exposed to the skin in high levels, it can cause throat, eye and skin irritation.
Problems include burns, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and even blindness. It can also lead to lung damage and death when a person is exposed to very high concentrations.
Best to keep away from children, use in reduced quantities and observe a properly ventilated environment when using.