Many of us try to maintain healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, adding good supplements to the diet, and avoiding fast food (as the very least). However, very few are aware of the fact that we are “consuming” substantial part of dangerous chemicals through the skin.
Skin is the largest organ of human body. It plays significant part in eliminating toxins, bringing in important nutrients as well as protecting us from the negative impact of the environment. It has exceptional ability to absorb various components of the skincare products whether they are good or bad. Being attacked by aggressive and often toxic ingredients that rule in the world of mass market skincare it looses the ability to carry its functions and rejuvenate itself.
It really DOES matter what cosmetic and skincare choices you make.
In this post we have started to list the cosmetic ingredients that should NOT be a part of your skin’s menu.
Meet the “bad guys”:
- Diethanolamine (DEA) as well as ТЕА and MEA — used in cosmetic products as emulsifiers and foaming agents. Linked to allergies, skin and eye irritation. Can react with other chemicals in cosmetics to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) — very cheap and irritating synthetic products. Play the role of detergents and surfactants. Found in almost all personal care mass market products that foam. Cause all kinds of skin reactions. Interfere with the healthy functions of almost all body organs.
- Mineral oil (petrolatum) — petroleum by-product, extremely cheap ingredient for cosmetic industry. We are so used to seeing mineral oil on the shelves of mass market skincare products (including baby items). The bad news are that it does not have any nutritive value for our skin. More than that, mineral oil is the one to blame for creating the stereotype that oils block the skin ducts. It covers the skin with plastic-like film not allowing it to “breath”, causing acne by ruining the skin’s natural hydrolipidic balance and speeding up the aging processes.
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and propylene glycol. PEG is potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient used in many cosmetic cream bases as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as “mass market” cream bases. They have an ability to interfere with skin’s natural hydrolipidic balance speeding up the aging processes. Increases the skin’s ability to absorb skincare product components (obviously, including the toxic ones). Propylene glycol is related ingredient often used to enhance the absorption ability of the skin. Can cause allergic reactions as well as open the wider path for other harmful substances (if they are used in a product).
- Parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, butyl-, propylparaben) — chemical preservatives most commonly used in cosmetics and in fragrance compounds. Linked to allergic reactions, cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity due to their estrogenic activity. Easily absorbed by the skin and transferred to human body.
We find these 5 ingredients to be the most commonly mentioned. You might have heard of them before, even if you never knew what they were. In the second part of our post we will continue our “bad guys” list, introducing other “mass market” ingredients, that are far from being beneficial or even “neutral” to our bodies.
We encourage you to educate yourselves, read the labels, and make the right choices for your health and well being.
Stay well! Love your beauty!