The beauty industry has an ugly secret: Most skin care products contain harmful chemicals that could potentially harm your health, and even make aging worse. Your makeup, face cream, skin moisturizer, or cleanser may deliver short-term smoothness and brightness, but it also may disrupt your hormones, expose you to cancer-causing chemicals, and deliver dangerous toxins that age your skin. It is best to use organic and natural ingredients when they are safe and effective.
Ingredients to Avoid:
To protect your skin and keep it as healthy as it can be, I recommend that you avoid cosmetic, bath, and beauty products that contain any of the following chemicals
1. BHA & BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are antioxidant preservatives added to beauty products, as well as foods. BHA is considered a likely carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) cosmetic products that contain fats and oils, especially lipstick and eyeshadow.In studies, animals exposed to BHA developed stomach and liver damage and complications with their thyroid and reproductive organs. BHT — a similar compound — was not found to cause cancer but did cause liver and kidney damage, as well as other toxic effects.
2. Borates are boron-containing chemical compounds, is a naturally-occurring mineral, and it is used as a preservative and emulsifying agent which stabilizes the combination of ingredients in creams, lotions, shampoos, and bath products. Borates are sometimes used in teeth whitening toothpaste.Coal Tar & Coal Tar-Derived Colors.
3.Coal tar is a made from burning bituminous coal and contains hundreds of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It’s used in anti-dandruff shampoos,
Many colors used in cosmetics were once made from coal tar; although today they are made from petroleum, the name coal tar dye remains. Many hair dyes contain coal tar.
4.Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde and its cousin formalin are found in nail polish, nail polish remover, eyelash glue, hair gel, soap and other products. You can be exposed to inhalation of formaldehyde during Brazilian blowout hair smoothing treatments, even if they claim to be formaldehyde-free. but the clear link to cancer from inhaled formaldehyde is enough to avoid products that contain these compounds altogether.
5.Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is used in cosmetics to create a cream base, and are used to thicken, soften or moisturize.
6.Mercury-Exposure to even a small amount of mercury is toxic to the brain and nervous system, as well as the digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidney.
7.Hydroquinone is used to lighten skin pigmentation. However, its use sometimes results in a disfiguring skin disorder called ochronosis, which results in blue-black pigmentation that is difficult to treat.
8.Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal substance in many hand soaps and hand sanitizers, as well as deodorants, skin cleansers, and toothpaste.
9.Paraben-Many beauty products market themselves as paraben-free. Research indicates that they are endocrine-disrupting chemicals; in other words, they mimic estrogen and can lead to hormone imbalances in the body.
10.Toluene -Fertility and fetal development are also affected by exposure to toluene. Pregnant women, in particular, should take every effort to avoid exposure to toluene, as it can affect the brain development of babies in utero.
Facts About Organic Skin Care
Most consumers who spend the extra money to buy organic skin care products feel they are getting higher quality, more pure and natural products. This is not always the case. Some organic skin care products still contain these same toxic chemicals, so it’s critical to read labels and avoid products with these harmful ingredients.Organic skin care products also help the environment. If you buy products that are developed from natural sources and which do not contain toxic chemicals, it reduces environmental pollution. Take microbeads for example. Those tiny plastic beads added to lotions, creams, and soaps to exfoliate end up washed down the drains and into the oceans, lakes, and rivers, where they make their way into the food chain.
Best Options for Natural Skin Care
Even though the cosmetic industry is largely unregulated, with a few mindful steps, you can protect, heal, and restore your skin in a way that keeps you healthy and helps the environment. Check this natural skin care article for an all-natural DIY(do it yourself) recipe and routine to maintain your skin healthy and looking radiant.