What’s in Skincare? Toxic Ingredients

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What Toxic Ingredients are in Skincare?

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When browsing the skincare aisle at your local store, be sure to be an informed consumer.  The skin absorbs 60-70 percent of whatever is applied onto it which makes it very important to identify skin loving ingredients versus those that do more harm than good. We’ve compiled a list of the most common skincare and body care ingredients to avoid down below!

1. Parabens

Parabens include the most commonly known methyl- and propyl- paraben.  They are a class of chemicals which are used as preservatives in almost all conventional skincare and body care products. Certain parabens  do mimic estrogen, the female sex hormone. This causes issues for those who already have hormonal imbalance.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate( SLS)

This ingredient is commonly found in shampoos and body washes.  You can attribute the squeaky clean post-shower feeling to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  The issue with SLS is that it strips the hair and body of its natural oils and causes you to gradually use more product than necessary. They are also incredibly harsh on those with sensitive skin.

3. Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are being more commonly used in powder products.  While they are tentatively safe, these particles are also reported to be so small that they may be absorbed into places that they should not be absorbed into such as certain cells.

4. Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Vitamin A.  While it is found in many skincare products, this ingredient has been shown to encourage excess skin growth. In the presence of sunlight, this ingredient can form free radicals that damage the DNA so if it must be used, it is safer to do so at night!
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