Wondering what skincare ingredients are good for your skin? Wanna know those that you should avoid? With all the marketing ploys you see everyday, it’s easy to be duped and use products with dubious ingredients. Take better care of your skin by knowing the skincare ingredients that actually work and those that don’t.
Skincare Ingredients: What Works for You and What You Should Avoid
What’s Behind Skincare Ingredients
More consumers are becoming conscious on the quality of ingredients in the skincare products. Initiatives like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics provide a comprehensive platform for people to be informed about the dangers of cosmetics. With skincare brands sprouting left and right, it’s just right to be informed which skincare products include ingredients that are good for your skin in the long run.
Listed on this post are some of the common skincare ingredients that have negative effects to the human body, as well as ingredients that are more natural and healthy.
This skincare ingredient is found in ALMOST EVERYTHING you use daily–shampoo, deodorant, facial cleansers, lotions, conditoners, makeup, etc. Parabens prevent microbial growth, inhibiting molds and yeasts from appearing in your products. It does sound nice. However, parabens are endocrine disruptor chemicals and are linked to breast cancer.
Formaldehyde is used in nail polish, eye shadows, eyelash glue, etc. This skincare ingredient inhibits bacterial growth in water-based products. It may seem a good thing at first, but this skincare ingredient can cause allergic reactions and is sadly also linked to cancer.
It is a skin-bleaching skincare ingredient found in creams, cleansers, and moisturizers to lighten the skin, scars, and age spots. Although Hydroquinone is a very promising ingredient, it is sadly associated with respiratory tract irritation, organ-system toxicity, and cancer.
Resorcinol is a skincare ingredient commonly used in products that address acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Resorcinol is a potential endocrine disruptor, not to mention, it can be toxic to the organ system.
Read the label on your skincare products and if you come across FD&C or D&C, it means your products have artificial colors. Sure, colors are nice but synthetic colors are obtained from petroleum and coal tar, which are potentially carcinogenic. Synthetic colors are also irritants and potential contributors to ADHD. The alarming thing is, synthetic colors are used in both food and skincare products.
These skincare ingredients help create that lather (foam) in tooth paste, shampoos, and body soaps. Although the primary functions of these products are to clean, they cause skin irritation and other issues in the process.
Toluene is used in hair dyes and nail products, labeled as benzene, toluol, antisal, methyl, etc. Exposure to toulene can cause nausea and cracked skin, and can even affect respiratory health. It can also potentially cause damage to fetal development.
Dibutyl Phthalate (and other phlatates as well) is an endocrine disruptor and can be toxic to organ systems. It is commonly found in colored cosmetics like nail polish and even hair spray.
Sometimes labeled only as “fragrance”, synthetic fragrances contain plenty of dubious ingredients that cause irritation, allergies, and organ toxicity.
Natural and organic products are available in many stores these days and you might want to check them out to counter all the artificial skincare ingredients in the market. However, natural skincare ingredients or not, always remember that before you use new products, do a self-test.
These natural skincare ingredients will do you good:
It’s made from oats, of course, and it’s known to be a natural ingredient that provides relief to minor skin irritation, eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Colloidal oatmeal is a skincare ingredient approved by the FDA as an over-the-counter skin protector.
11. Vitamin C
This skincare ingredient can brighten the skin and lighten dark spots. It is important in maintaining skin firmness resulting to younger-looking skin, What’s mostly available in the market is synthetic Vitamin C. But whether it’s synthetic or natural, Vitamin C can generally keep your skin healthy.
12. Beta Carotene
It is mostly found in carrots, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, and other edible plants that have red-orange pigments. It is a natural antioxidant that can even out skin tone and protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Green tea, applied topically or ingested, is a good antioxidant. Because of its properties, it’s a skincare ingredient that can slow down aging, reduce UV rays damage, and diminish inflammation.
14. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural skincare ingredient that can be used as a treatment for psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It can also be used as a makeup remover, skin softener, and lip balm.
Honey (for optimal use, choose raw honey) has a lot of amazing benefits for the skin. It is a naturally skin-boosting ingredient that can slow down aging, moisturize, fend off bacteria, and promote healing.
16. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is obtained from the leaves of tea trees found in Australia. This skincare ingredient can treat fungal infection, acne scabies, athlete’s foot, among others.
17. Sea Salt
This skincare ingredient is a good component for exfoliating treatments. Sea salt also has detoxifying and antiseptic effects on the skin.
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