A lot of us buy beauty products especially for skincare and we do not bother to read about the ingredients contained in the products. Little do we know which ones are best or bad for our skin and body in general. However, today’s post is meant to point out some common skin care ingredients that we must avoid in our skincare regimen.
SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYL (SD-40): This skin care ingredient is used in a wide variety of skincare products, yet it dries out the skin and can irritate it very easily. It is a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more venerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrance, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma. All alcohol-based ingredients should be avoided when possible.
PARABENS: Parabens are preservatives found in most cosmetics and skin care products. They keep the product from spoiling by preventing harmful bacteria and fungi from growing inside it. Although these preservatives are FDA approved, they have been found to mimic estrogen, which can lead to breast cancer. There is no concrete link between parabens and any dangerous medical conditions but some people may have sensitivity and become irritated by the additive. It’s better to play it safe and stick to paraben-free products. To steer clear of these additives, look for the word “paraben” on ingredients labels (it may appear as a suffix).