We all use skincare products and they are often a part of our everyday routine. While many women using upwards of 12 personal care products every single day, knowing they contain many different harmful ingredients commonly found in the form of chemicals it is shocking more people haven’t switched to organic.
While our skin absorbs about 60% of all chemicals it comes in contact with it then comes into contact with our bloodstream. With that evidence, everything we put on our skin should be as clean as the food we consume.
That is why I have compiled a list of what ingredients to avoid in beauty products and skincare products.
Fragrance does not just apply to perfumes. Almost all products that smell yummy and delicious have a fragrance added to them. That bad part is chances are it is just a mix of chemicals.
So anything labeled with the words perfume, aroma, fragrance, or parfum has chemicals in it.
Some labels may say “natural scent.” It is wise to remember that not all “Natural” scents are 100% natural and chemical free.
After a little research, I found that most scents are actually formulated from petroleum or coal which is known it irritates your skin and nose. Making it dangerous for people with respiratory issues to be around.
Fragrance mixes have been associated with causing allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
A super inexpensive and common type of preservative that is used in a wide variety of products in skin care and cosmetics to keep them fresh. While also protecting the formula from growing bacteria that is harmful.
Right now cosmetic companies are being highly encouraged to remove the use of parabens in their products after parabens were found in a breast tumor. They can not conclude that there is a direct link however even practitioners are putting the pressure on cosmetic companies to remove parabens. Some safer alternatives are…
- Benzyl Alchohol
- Sodium Benzoate
Hydroquinone acts as a skin lightening agent. It is often used to bleach skin, it has been found helpful when treating a variety of forms of hyperpigmentation (scars, age spots, melasma, freckles, and the aftermath marks from eczema or psoriasis. Melanocytes are the cells that form melanin that produces the color of your skin, and oxybenzone is used to decrease the number of melanocytes that are present in your skin, making it appear lighter.
However, there are natural alternatives that you can use to lighten your skin.
#1 Plant-Based Acids
Acids aren’t always chemically based. There are actually many that are plant-based and that can be used to treat hyperpigmentation. A couple includes kojic acid or ellagic acid. What they do is slow down the production of your skins melanin production.
#2 Vitamin B3
This natural ingredient has the ability to prevent dark areas of pigmentation from rising to the surface of your skin.
Vitamin A and C that are found in anti-aging skincare and makeup products can help brighten your skin and improve your complete skin tone! When used over a period of time it can actually reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation.
In Formaldehyde purest form, it is a colorless gas. it is often used in skin care products as a preservative when mixed with water or other ingredients. it can also act as an antibacterial to prevent the growth of bacteria in a product. A minimal amount is pretty harmless but in our day to day lives we can be exposed to it in many forms such as smoke, plants, and food.
When used in cosmetics in minimal amounts it is safe.
So using one product that has formaldehyde may not pose a risk to you. But you should consider the other ways you are being exposed to the chemical.
If any of your beauty or skincare products have the below ingredients then they absolutely do contain formaldehyde.
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Diazolidinyl Urea
The immediate side effects are not what we are concerned about when it comes if formaldehyde, what we are actually concerned about is the potential for it to cause cancer when we are exposed to it too much.
They work in skincare products as softeners. However, with the research, I have done I have found that many studies record that phthalates have harmful effects on hormones.
It is quite hard to avoid this chemical as companies are not required to list chemicals that formulate fragrances. And fragrances often contain phthalates to help increase the life span of the scent when you wear it.
Is mostly used in the form of sunblock. it is used in many common sunscreen lotions and makeup foundations that have SPF. It easy dissolves in the skin protecting your skin from the sun.
The biggest concern with oxybenzone is that it is so easy for our skin to absorb. This leads to people in the medical community to be concerned about the chemical building up in the body and eventually rising to potentially toxic levels that could affect your endocrine system.
Some safe alternative for you are…
- non-nano zinc oxide
- non-nano titanium dioxide
- covering up and finding shade
- looking for a MADE SAFE seal on packaging
- Avoid going outside when the sun is the strongest
It is often used for its antifungal and antibacterial properties that are found in skincare products. in 2016 The Federal Food and Drug Administration has stated that triclosan, is a toxic chemical ingredient that has been associated with hormone disruption in people.
And last year, Canada added Triclosan to its official list of toxic chemicals under the Environmental Protection Act.
As an alternative, the best option is probiotics since there is currently no alternative to Triclosan that is currently in use.
Certain alcohols like ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat, and methanol are used in the cosmetics and beauty industry to make creams feel lighter, to activate other ingredients to absorb into your skin, and as a preservative for the product.
on the outside alcohol doesn’t seem like that bad of an ingredient to use but in actuality, the above alcohols cause dry skin, acne breakouts, and skin irritations.
If that’s the case then it is beyond me why are they even allowed to be in beauty products
When the bad alcohols are used in high concentrations within your skincare, the alcohol can actually deteriorate your skin’s protective barrier! What that means is your skin will no longer be effective at keeping moisture in. If that’s not enough to deter you alcohol can also stimulate oil production which could lead to massive breakouts if your skin is creating to much oil.
Benzyl Alcohol is found naturally in essential oils and is an approved preservative under the COSMOS Organic Certification criteria. With that stated it is used by many organic and natural cosmetic brands. Benzyl Alcohol allows companies to create more active formulations that are still natural. Since many other natural or organic preservative choices are nowhere near as compatible.
Remember always patch test if you have sensitive skin!
However, when this alcohol is used in moderation with a low concentration it is safe to use on your skin.
The Good News Is…
There are completely organic and chemical free skincare and makeup brands out there for you to fall in love with. While at the same time knowing you are not exposing your body to any harmful toxins.
Some of these brands include Kjaer Weis, 100% Pure, Vapour Beauty, Alima Pure, Au Naturale Cosmetics, and many others.
I hope you take the time to check them out so you can start switching your beauty products over to safer and healthier alternatives.
Have any questions? Drop a comment below and I will do my best to answer or to provide your with clarification!