Beautiful packaging, design and promising descriptions are all that almost every buyer when purchasing. To ensure they are getting clean cosmetic products in a store, consumers are realizing they have to pay attention and learn what safe products really are . Now it has become very fashionable to buy products without preservatives or parabens, although few people understand what they are talking about, and why you suddenly need to buy cosmetics without these ingredients. Marketing has always worked very well, so people don’t even think about what really hurts our skin and potentially your health. Due to lack of regulation on beauty products we are left to education ourselves.
To begin with, we will analyze those elements that buyers are most afraid of:
They extend the life of all cosmetics, increasing the shelf life, provide a uniform consistency and reduce the risk of microbial infection, since microbes reproduce very well in a natural environment. Buying products without them means you use the ones you have up first prior to buying a whole array to ensure they are free of preservatives, unless they are plant based natural ones.
(methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben and butyl paraben, as well as isopropyl, isobutyl, pentyl, phenyl and benzyl parabens)
This is a type of preservative that is commonly used to inhibit the growth of microbes in the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries. Such chemical compounds are found in nature, in fruits and plants. Avoid parabens as part of facial cosmetics, and household detergents, as well as other products that you use.
Petroleum Jelly And Paraffin
These components do not provoke comedogenicity (a property of emollients (skin softeners) and various products that disrupt the microflora of the skin). They soften and protect the skin from the negative effects of the environment. Yes, they do create a film, but do not interfere with water and gas exchange in the skin. But a natural or plant based toxin free product is more ideal for a clean beauty routine.
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Now let’s talk about the really harmful ingredients in cosmetics.
Ethyl alcohol (Alcohol, Alcohol Denat, Ethanol)
Ethyl alcohol is cheap, and it is used as a preservative, solvent, conductor for other components. It can often be found in the composition of funds for problem skin.
Products containing this alcohol will indeed have a drying effect, but not a healing approach. What happens to the skin afterwards? Ethyl alcohol is able to lead to the growth of free radicals of the skin, then it stimulates the nerve endings, causes irritation, which further leads to the active production of sebum, which forms new inflammatory elements and disrupts the natural microflora of the skin.
It is important to understand where alcohol is in the composition. If at the beginning it is a negative effect on all skin types. If in the end, then this is not critical, and the skin may not respond. Products that are free of this with the approach of hydration and healing with natural ingredients is a better bet.
90% of your cosmetics for hair, body, face, as well as household chemicals, contain sulfates. This is a group of chemical, aggressive components (cheap surface-active substances (surfactants)) that have strong detergents, cleansers, foaming and fat-dissolving properties.
The most dangerous of the sulfate group:
- sodium lauryl (laurel) sulfate (Sodium lauryl sulfate) or sodium lauryl sulfate. Other names: sodium dodecyl sulphate, sodium PEG lauryl sulphate, monododecyl ester, sodium PEG lauryl ether sulphate. This is a refined product that is often masked with the words “obtained from coconut oil” or “from coconuts”.
- ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS; ammonium lauryl sulfate) and ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES; ammonium laureth sulfate). These are sodium salts, very cheap. Perhaps one of the most dangerous and caustic components of cosmetics that aggressively affect the skin and health in general.
SLS cleans oxidation of the surface, including the skin, leaving a film on it. This film can irritate the skin, cause itching, peeling, redness, allergies and, with prolonged use, skin diseases. SLS destroys the hydrolipidic defense of the skin – it reacts with lipids and degenerates them. Thus, we can conclude that categorically it is not necessary to use cosmetics for face and body with sulfates in its composition.
TEA (triethanolamine and DEA (diethanolamine) / MEA (Monoethanolamine)
They are used in shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, shower gels, bath foams, soaps, creams, lotions and decorative cosmetics as emulsifiers and foaming agents.
Triethanolamine and diethanolamine are pure carcinogens. Causes irritation, itching, allergies, dermatitis. In combination with other components can form nitrates. Especially dangerous in combination with SLS (SLES). Diethanolamine easily penetrates the skin and settles in various organs, it can be dangerous for the brain, kidneys and liver.
Mineral oil – mineral oil (technical)
This is a petrochemical product. Mineral oil reduces the protective functions of the skin, dehydrates it. Slows down cell growth. It forms a film on the skin, which prevents it from “breathing”, and prevents the elimination of sweat, water exchange, and gas exchange. This is an emollient, and it gives a “first-effect effect”. At the initial stage of application of mineral oil, the effect of smoothed, well-groomed skin is created, and then clogging of the pores occurs and inflammatory elements appear, up to the development of an allergic reaction.
When choosing cosmetics, first of all, pay attention to the composition, and not to the brand and attractive advertising. Properly selected care will prolong the youthfulness of your skin and relieve it of problems, otherwise the product may aggravate the situation or worsen its normal condition. Love yourself and treat your skin with care and care!