Beauty consciousness has become a strong obsession among females around the world. Almost every girl is deeply concerned about maintaining the health of her skin in order to appear as beautiful as she possibly can. Keeping your skin in good condition is much easier said than done. Lack of knowledge or misinformation can make it quite difficult for women to use ideal skincare products and apply the most effective skincare techniques. As a matter of fact, a lot of women buy into the propaganda of billboard advertisements, television commercials, and promotional online content, which highlight the so called benefits of using synthetic skincare products.
It is imperative for you to understand that these skincare products are usually nowhere near as good as they are made to appear. Most of them are of mediocre quality and have very little “real benefit” to offer to your skin. In fact, you will be surprised to know that many of these ordinary skincare products are formulated with harmful ingredients that can spell disaster for your skin and which can be detrimental to your overall health.
There is no alternative to doing your own research when it comes to buying skincare products. Hence, you should always thoroughly check the list of ingredients on the label. If the list contains any one of the following five ingredients, then you ought to avoid purchasing that product.
Parabens are a group of chemicals which are identified by many names such as methylparabens, IIsoparabens and Butylparabens. Parabens are used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry as preservatives. There is evidence collected from recently conducted studies to suggest that parabens can be connected to potential carcinogenicity in the bodies of those who use ordinary skincare products. It is also worth noting that researchers have failed to prove that the repeated and prolonged use of parabens is a safe practice. Then why are parabens still in existence? The skincare brands are big fans of parabens, because they are low cost preservatives that extend the shelf life of the product. As a result, these parabens are not going away anytime soon. You simply need to avoid them in order to keep yourself safe from their harmful effects.
This can be described as a very toxic skincare ingredient. Dibutylphthalate has been classified by the EPA as a potential human carcinogen. Despite this, the brands selling mediocre skincare products are not too interested to discontinue the use of this toxic chemical. Even the high end, internationally recognized brands such as L’Oreal have refused to take this potentially dangerous chemical off the market. Under such circumstances, your best bet is to resort to organic and natural skincare products.
3) Diazodinyl Urea
This is a type of formaldehyde which serves as a preservative in numerous skincare products on the market. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has placed this extremely harmful chemical in its highest toxic class. Much like the previous two ingredients, diazodinyl urea has mustered up a negative reputation for being a carcinogen. If you do not want to end up with headaches, fatigue, allergic reactions, and immune dysfunction, then you should stay as far away from this chemical compound as you possibly can.
4) Synthetic Colors
If your product label contains the letters FD&C or D&C, then it means that it contains artificial colors. These synthetic colors are extracted from sources that are filled with petroleum or coal tar. According to the results of recently conducted research, we can conclude that the use of synthetic colors is connected to the formation of cancerous cells in the body. Furthermore, these colors have been identified as a skin irritant. In addition to that, artificial colors in skincare products can be linked to ADHD in children. Interestingly, the European Union has criminalized the use of synthetic colors in skincare products.
5) Sunscreen Chemicals
These special chemicals work together to serve as a sunscreen agent for your skin. The chemicals absorb the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. On paper, they appear quite harmless and seem to be the perfect protectors of your skin. However, research shows that sunscreen chemicals are endocrine disruptors, which can be easily absorbed into the body. In simple terms, they have the potential to damage your endocrine system beyond repair.