5 Nasty Ingredients to Avoid
In the cosmetics industry, there is very little regulation when it comes to the ingredients added to our favourite skincare products. That means all sorts of nasties are finding their way in and being applied to our skin on a daily basis. This is even though the companies actually know the harmful effects that these ingredients can have on our health.
From cancer-causing chemicals to those that can cause birth defects; weâ€™ve drawn up a list of 5 ingredients to avoid.
At first glance, it seems that parabens are actually there to protect us, as they are widely used to prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast in cosmetic products. However, these preservatives also possess oestrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. They are commonly found in make-up, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
Â 2.Â Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Found in more than 90% of personal care and cleaning products, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is known to irritate the skin, lungs and eyes. It can potentially interact with other chemicals to form a carcinogen. These combinations can also cause damage to the kidneys and respiratory system. Look out for these ingredients in shampoos, body washes and cleansers, mascaras and acne treatments.
3. Sunscreen Chemicals
Ever seen these ingredients listed on the back of your sunscreen bottle – benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate? Well, if you have, throw that sunscreen away immediately. These chemicals function to absorb ultraviolet light, but they also disrupt the endocrine system and may cause cancer. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones for regulating things such as metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, reproduction, sleep, and mood.
4. Triclosan and Triclocarban
Both of these ingredients have been linked to hormonal disruptions, bacterial resistance, impaired muscle function, impaired immune function and increased allergies. They are found in toothpaste, deodorant and antibacterial soaps.
5. Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinoic Acid and Retinol
Products containing Retinol have been found to become carcinogenic in sunlight. These ingredients are often used in anti-aging products and sunscreens; both of which are meant to protect the skin from further damage.
Once you have cleared your cupboards of any products containing these ingredients, check out of range of 100% natural skincare products. We donâ€™t use any harmful chemicals. Instead, we harness all of natureâ€™s goodness to nurture, nourish and protect the skin.
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