What about synthetic chemicals? A lot of skin care products will claim to be “Revolutionary”. These claims are made without long-term proof.
OK, your skin may have good IMMEDIATE benefits from these expensive/high-priced/high-profile products. But the long-term effects of these often synthetic skincare chemicals are still unknown. In fact, some will cause a “Burning” and ultimately peeling side effects. Especially for those of you with sensitive skin. You’ll be glad you’ve put them in the bin.
And then you’ll line up for a full refund that they don’t offer.
As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce or have never heard of it, be cautious. Your skin may be irritated by many ingredients in any skincare/cosmetic product. Especially if they’re not natural.
“Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products
Parabens are one of the most common ingredients found in cosmetic products today.
What is it? Parabens are most widely used as a preservative in cosmetic products.
Health impact: Endocrine disruptor.
What is an endocrine disruptor? “Endocrine disruptors,” according to the National Institute of Health, “are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.”
Be on the lookout for:
- PROPYLPARABEN: Often found in ‘fragrance’ products such as perfume.
- BUTYLPARABEN: Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative; Masking (used to disguise natural scent of an ingredient)
- ISOBUTYLPARABEN: Used as a preservative in products
- METHYLPARABEN: Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative
- POLYPARABEN: Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative; Perfuming
Carbon black was added to the FDA’s list of banned toxic ingredients, but it’s still found in cosmetic products.
What is it? Carbon black (Uncertified D&C Black No. 2) is a black pigmented powder most commonly found in eyeliner, mascara, eyelash glue, etc. It’s what gives your mascara that dark sleek look.
Health impact: Though some argue that in small doses (concentration of less than 10%) carbon black may not be a serious health concern, more studies are finding that carbon black may in fact be linked to increased cases of cancer, neurodevelopmental effects in offspring, harm lung function in healthy humans, and impacted hormone production in vitro. EWG rates this ingredient a 10 (on a scale of 1 being the best and 10 being the worst)!
Be on the lookout for products containing ingredients such as carbon black, D&C Black No. 2 (CI 77266), acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, and thermal black.” https://www.consciouslifeandstyle.com/toxic-skincare-ingredients-to-avoid/