What Ingredients To Avoid In Skin Care
September 5th, 2014
Not many of us are chemist or consumers with hyper awareness of the ingredients that we should avoid in our skincare and household products. For example some common ingredients found in skincare and household products have been ban in other parts of the globe but are still being used in the United States. Why? I like to think its partially an educational point for the consumer and profits and margins for the manufacturer.
If you become an educated consumer you will make wiser choices and if the manufacturer is loosing money either they will discontinue the product or make changes to meet the demand.
Here is an article that will give you more education and the ability to make wiser choices. To buy safe and effective skincare products go here.
By Meghan Gerard
Chemical vs. Organic: For Your Face
After years of using harsh chemical based face washes to make my face feel “squeaky clean” I finally got tired of the stinging and tightness that many of these cleansers put my face through. I decided to go the natural approach to cleansing my face as I had with my diet and sun skincare. My only concern was, do natural/organic plant based skin products truly cleanse my face or do they just feel good and tingly? A few us here at Ruevenue have stubborn skin and some of us have amazing genetically blessed skin, so what is it that causes mild acne, dry skin, or red-patchy skin? Finding this out had to help us get closer to the answer. So our journey begins on skincare and the ingredients it needs, one can assume or just Google it…For over thousands of years maybe cultures on Earth believed mother nature gave you the best ingredients for natural skin-care and each had their own way of making skin feel and perform better from plants and herbs. Unfortunately most of us don’t have the time to create our own DIY face wash, so that leaves us with the responsibility to read the ingredient label more closely before applying for potentially dangerous chemicals. Knowing what I know now, I dug into what ingredients may be causing the skin discomfort and came across common chemicals found in each of the cleansers I had been using which I then found out could be harmful when used over a long period of time.
Here are some of the ingredients I found more information on:
Sodium lauryl sulfate – A common ingredient added to face wash to make to create lather. Keep in mind it is also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Oh great! It is the main ingredient that strips the skin and removes the skin’s natural, protective oil which can be very unpleasant and can cause major irritations.
Fragrance – Virtually all synthetic fragrances are stabilized with phthalates, a group of chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems and birth defects and are not effective in any way in cleansing your skin.
Parabens- They are added to most cleansers and other skin-care products to keep the product from spoiling by preventing harmful bacteria and fungi from growing. Its important to keep in mind that parabens mimic estrogen so there has been some concern that they may increase breast cancer. Though there is no concrete link between parabens and any dangerous medical conditions I am still going to try to stay clear of them when possible.
Alcohols- This is often used as the base ingredient in many beauty products and cleansers. They are used for two reasons, to make a thick skin-care product feel almost weightless and to help ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate the skin more effectively. Doesn’t sound bad until you realize alcohol does this by breaking down the skin’s natural barrier and can be very damaging to the skin. So to help keep you skin healthy try to stay away from isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40 and ethyl alcohol.
After realizing that natural/organic may be the way to go with face cleansers, in fact, over the last couple of years the practice of treating your skin with natural based products has become highly popular.