5 Frequently Used Skincare Chemicals to Stay Away From
Posted on 15 December 2016
These days there are so many options for face wash and moisturizer. I mean the amount of skin care products out there have to be in the millions at this point. Most of them have this fancy label , and claim to be the fountain of youth. Truth is that if the fountain of youth had been found, we would have all heard about it within a minute of the discovery. Everyone wants to look younger, have flawless skin, and of course wants to use something that is good for them to prolong youth and ultimately life.
I see these labels, bottles, and jars, and if I was just looking at the front I would be sold. Then I look to the back, and nothing is all-natural. Almost everyone is full of chemicals that I can't pronounce, and I catch myself wondering "what chemicals are okay". What do these chemicals even have in them? I often remember back to commercials I have seen on TV, and how every new drug coming out is a chemical. Those drugs have major side effects, and often have to read their huge disclaimers while the commercial is playing just to protect themselves from lawsuits because of their side effects. It all made me wonder how do I even know what I am putting on my face and my skin, so I did my research.
Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about any cream you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors! All signs point to skin care products being the cause.
Because of this, there is a growing concern that excessive use of parabens may give rise to breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men. Although there haven’t been any conclusive studies proving this, it should be enough to make you concerned. In fact, it’s why there are so many “paraben-free” items popping up in the supermarket and pharmacies around the country.
Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:
This hard to pronounce class of substances is found in just about everything, even you. A study done by the US Centers for Disease Control found a trace of it in every single person they analyzed. This is problematic because phthalates – which are used in cosmetics and also in many plastic objects – have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.
Here’s the tricky part: phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label of your favored products, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to determine their presence. Want a hint? They’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.
3. Benzoyl Peroxide
Over the last decade, the popularity of pimple-zapping products has skyrocketed. benzoyl peroxide is responsible for this, but you should be wary about using it. That’s because it’s been linked with the promotion of tumor growth. Horrifying, don’t you think?
Beyond that, it produces toxic effects in the body simply through inhalation, and is a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. As if that isn’t bad enough, it’s extremely toxic if you swallow it. Awful!
Here’s a sneaky one. Petroleum pops up in so many cosmetics products, it’s ridiculous. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s the very same substance from which your motor oil is made.
It hides behind many names that you should familiarize yourself with. They are:
- Mineral oil
- Liquid paraffin
As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it. It’s because it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. Cancer from your moisturizer? No thank you.
Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen products on the shelves of your favorite store. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to skin irritation and allergies, hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.
What’s scary is that a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that oxybenzone is present in the urine of 97% of Americans. How much of it have we been exposed to, and how is it affecting us in ways that we don’t quite understand yet? With figures like these, chances are it’s already in your system, so you want to limit your future exposure to it as much as possible.
There are so many more chemicals out there, and half of them on shelves now. The best thing you can do is to use All-Natural skin care products like that of Scrub Me Joe.