What Toxic Ingredients are in Skincare?
When you’re browsing the skincare aisle at your local store, be sure to be an informed consumer. The skin absorbs 60-70% of what is applied onto it. Therefore, it is important to identify skin-loving ingredients versus those that do more harm than good. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most common skincare and body care ingredients to avoid down below!
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 mimic estrogen, the female sex hormone. This causes issues for those who already have hormonal imbalance.
This ingredient is commonly found in shampoos and body washes. In fact, you can attribute the squeaky clean post-shower feeling to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. However, the issue with SLS is that it strips the hair and body of its natural oils. As a result, it causes you to gradually use more product than necessary. They are also incredibly harsh on those with sensitive skin.
Nanoparticles are commonly used in powder products. But, 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.
Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Vitamin A. While it is found in skincare products, this ingredient has been shown to encourage excess skin growth. In fact, in the presence of sunlight, this ingredient can form free radicals that damage the DNA. However, if it must be used, it is safer to do so at night!
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