Look at the ingredients list of your cleanser, eye cream, anti-wrinkle cream or toner. What do you see? To the layman these are just a jumble of hard-to-say words that make up a product we put on our skin, our body’s largest organ. Most of them sound alien, intimidating and many of us do not really know what they do to our skin or why they are there in the first place. The truth is even skin care products labeled as natural contained artificial chemicals and ingredients that could potentially harm the skin. The best thing to do when looking for skin care products including those marketed as natural is to carefully read what is in them. Ingredients that you need to look out for include sulfates, parabens and dioxanes. These ingredients can cause cancer, skin disorders, hormonal imbalance and other harmful diseases.
Here are some examples of what these three nasty ingredients can do to you and your skin.
Parabens are used by cosmetic companies to inhibit the growth of bacteria in their product and as a preservative to extend shelf-life. The problem is, parabens can be absorbed by the skin and can cause cancer, hormonal imbalance and can interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Some of the most common effects of parabens in the skin are rashes and allergic reactions. A study also shows that the presence of parabens can be a factor in the increased prevalence of early puberty in girls.
Many skin care products have fragrances and many of us think that fragrances are cool. While fragrances make us feel good, there is a dark side to this common cosmetic ingredient. However fragrances can cause contact allergy which can result in itchiness and rashes in the affected areas. In women, fragrance in deodorant is one of the most common reasons of sensitivity while in men the culprit is usually aftershave. In some worse cases, patients have developed eczema due to reactions to fragrances.
Dioxanes are some of the most dangerous ingredients in cosmetic and skin care products. Dioxane is a petro-chemical product found in paint, detergent and some cosmetics. Dioxane is banned in the US state of California because it can cause cancer, liver and kidney disease. Common short term effects include irritation, respiratory problems and dizziness.
As a bonus we are including phthalates to this list as they are some of the most commons ingredients in cosmetics. Humans are exposed to phthalates in cosmetics and scented products such as lotions, soaps and shampoos. According to studies, eating, skin contact and breathing in phthalates are some of the common ways this dangerous chemical make their way into our bodies. The bad thing about pththalates is that it can cause cancer, mutations and reproductive problems in humans.
As you can see it is important to educate ourselves about the dangerous chemicals that might be present in our skin care and cosmetic products. The best way to safeguard your health is to do some research before buying products to ensure that they do not contain any of these products. Keep in mind that even if the label says all natural, it is still best to scrutinize the ingredients to ensure your safety.
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