When I purchase any beauty product I make sure to check the ingredients and research the brand. I like to know that the products I use aren’t tested on animals, that they don’t contain any harsh chemicals, and that the products I’m putting on to my skin won’t be detrimental to my health.
I’m delighted to share this guest post with you which provides some fascinating reasons why it’s so important to know the ingredients in your beauty products.
Have you ever wondered what all those ingredients listed on the labels of your favourite skincare products actually are, and what they do to your skin? No doubt that almost everybody takes a glance at the ingredient section from time to time, but only those who are into chemistry really understand the meaning of those elaborate, enigmatic words.
That’s why one of the most important resolutions should be to pay more attention to what we put on our skin.
“The skin absorbs 60% of chemicals from topically used cosmetic products into the bloodstream” is a statement that can be found on countless websites and blogs, and it has become somewhat of an urban myth. No scientific research studies that can back this claim up are available, but the fact that our skin is covered in pores should be enough to make us cautious when it comes to cosmetics and skin care products.
Labels and packaging hide a long list of red flags that consumers should look out for.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate can be found in shampoos, soaps, and scrubs. This cleansing agent may contain 1,4 dioxane – a well-known carcinogen. Apart from that, it leads to scalp irritation and even hair loss. Luckily, there are sulfate-free personal care products, so if you want to do the right thing for yourself and the environment, use them instead.
- Fragrance means “perfume” so it can’t be that bad, right? Wrong. It’s an umbrella term for various chemical compounds that are used to make products smell nice, and which companies would rather avoid disclosing, mainly because they’re known to cause allergies, headaches and asthma, while some of them may even cause cancer. Just keep it simple, and use products with as little chemicals as possible.
- Aluminium compounds are usually used in antiperspirants and as cosmetic colourants. It’s true that the National Cancer Institute states that no conclusive evidence has been found that their use can result in breast cancer. However, you might want to reconsider the idea of using it as, according to the Environmental Working Group aluminium powder is a nervous system toxicant and allergen.
- Parabens are synthetic preservative chemicals used in cosmetics and other skin care products. These should be avoided at all costs because they can have negative effects on the endocrine system, the male reproductive system, and, ironically, cause premature aging. In addition to that, certain research studies indicate that parabens may be responsible for estrogen-positive breast cancer.
In Harmony with Nature
It’s of vital importance to listen to your body and recognise the signals that it sends. Chemical substances used in commercial cosmetic products interfere with the natural balance of the human body. After years of using artificial and synthetic products, the skin is oversaturated and desperately needs a detox.
Natural beauty products such as Thalgo can help your skin recuperate and restore its natural pH levels. They are great treat for skin that’s tired of being exposed to harmful cosmetic ingredients. When purchasing skin-friendly products, it’s wise to go for the ones containing:
- beta carotene, a nutrient responsible for healing wounds and preventing sun damage;
- licorice, which is used for treating redness and rosacea and is known for its anti-inflammatory effects;
- soy, as it can help with skin discoloration brought on by melasma, and it can even the skin tone and make it look radiant;
- willow herb, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic ingredient used for soothing the irritated skin, and treating acne breakouts;
- vitamin c, known for regulating sebum production, reducing those unpleasant signs of aging skin by making it firmer and smoother.
Cleansing your body from the inside out isn’t possible without a holistic approach. This means that 8 hours of sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, reducing stress, as well as scheduling some me time every day are a must. Bear in mind that your skin doesn’t forget any of your mistakes so you’d better treat it right.
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, graphic designer and researcher. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is beauty editor at High Style Life.