As more of us continue to focus on healthier lifestyle choices and analyze what we put into our bodies, we are developing an increasing interest in what we use on the outer layer of our bodies, as well. You might be thinking right now - should I go with a professional skin care product or gather some natural or organic ingredients and make one at home?
Making a body lotion or a face cream at home might sound interesting, but have you ever thought of the following implications:
1. Lack of knowledge when it comes to organic ingredients, as well as their quantities used can lead to various safety issues.
2. Not knowing how different ingredients interact with each other (since some of them don't belong together) can cause harmful irritations.
3. Using untested preservatives or natural concoctions to preserve your homemade lotion or cream can result in your formulation going bad quickly and you are getting Salmonella or other harmful reaction.
Following a homemade skin care recipe might not be rocket science, but it still requires some basic knowledge. So, knowing your ingredients, their nutritional value and their reactions with each other is the key, because many organic extracts have irritating properties that deplete collagen or cause free-radical damage, or clog pores. Research has established that some natural ingredients act as irritants like peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, essential oils, etc.
On the other hand, most professional skin care products are a much safer choice, because they've been tested. However, speaking of professional products, we run into another common issue… it is always a question as to whether or not these products actually are made according to the claims about their formulations. In other words, many formulas often are not as natural and organic as they claim to be.
As shocking as it may seem, many so called "natural" products include toxic ingredients; even those who advertise to the contrary. On the other hand, let's highlight the fact that not all man-made materials (used as preservatives that destroy bacteria) are harmful if used in small quantities and formulated properly.
With that in mind, when shopping for professional skin care products simply watch out for the below-mentioned toxic ingredients and you will do fine. And if you wish to shortcut the process, you can always try lotions and creams made by Natural Vibrancy, as we discuss in the video below or by clicking here.
10 Toxic and Possibly Carcinogenic Ingredients Used in Professional Beauty Products
1. Parabens are used as preservatives. Butylpraben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben are chemical and not friendly preservatives. They are quickly absorbed into the skin and are often the cause for eye and skin irritation, allergies and can affect the respiratory tract. Mythelparaben is the worst since it combines benzoic acid with the chemicals of the methyl group leaving it very toxic.
2. Acrylates are acrylic-based thickeners.
3. Methylchloroisothiazolinone is used as a preservative in cosmetics, specifically for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is very harmful. This ingredient can cause corrosion and burns to the eyes and skin. The damage done to the eyes could be irreversible. Also known for causing brain tumors.
4. PEGS: polyethylene glycol - a petrochemical that can act as an emulsifier, a surfactant, or an emollient.
5. Mineral Oils (Paraffin Oil and Wax, Liquid Paraffinum, Petrolatum) are also are being used to 'seal' in moisture. However, it completely seals the skin like a plastic coating and will clog and suffocate the pores, which will prevent the skin from breathing, eliminating toxins and will result in acne, and/or other problems. There was a trend where women who were not satisfied with La Mer and La Prairie products began slathering their faces with mineral oils. Using it will result in premature aging.
6. Phthalates are synthetic polymers found in hair spray, fragrances, and nail polish.
7. Cocoamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine is a multi-use ingredient aiding in foaming, conditioning, thickening and anti-static. This can cause stinging, redness and even burning of skin if sensitive. Since cocoamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is very effective in helping deliver the other ingredients deep into the skin it can be even more harmful if the other ingredients it is combined with are toxic.
8. Formaldehyde that is found in nail polish. Also, diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde preservative).
9. Ethanolamines like diethanolamine, or DEA. Also, Triethanolamine which is used to balance pH in cosmetic preparations. Triethanolamine can severely irritate the body's tissues, as well as effect the immune and respiratory systems. It turns into a carcinogen after reacting with nitrosating agents.
10. FD&C Yellow No. 6 is used only to give products their color. It can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma. It has a potential to cause cancer and banned in some countries. There are different kinds of them out there. Stay away from products with D&C and FD&C followed by a number.
7 Irritating or Harmful Skin Care Ingredients To Stay Away From
1. Glycols (propylene, butylene, caprylyl and hexylene) and potentially irritating and harmful ingredients. Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol are rancid oils that form free radicals and damage the skin. They will penetrate the skin and the protein and cellular structure will weaken. PG is considered so toxic that workers in contact with it are required to wear protective gloves, clothing and eye protection. The EPA has concluded that the brain, kidneys and liver can be affected through skin absorption.
2. Silicones (dimethicone and cyclomethicone) are used as emollients to give products a smooth and silky texture. The problem is that they are not easily absorbed by the skin which will lead to results such as clogged pores and blackheads. Some may end up having severe side effects such as irritation to the eyes and skin (rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, mouth, lips or tongue) to name a few. The FDA and Cosmetic Ingredient Review have considered it safe for cosmetic uses under 15% but if you have any reactions such as these it could be one of the causes.
3. Alcohols: benzyl, ethyl, isopropyl.
4. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (coconut) is a cheap detergent and foaming agent (anionic surfactant) composed of 4 known carcinogens; formaldehyde, dioxane, ethylene oxide and Acetaldehyde. They dry out the skin and cause irritation.
5. Sulfites: sodium, potassium, ammonium.
6. Fragrance is something to pay attention to… it in itself can contain up to 4,000 separate ingredients. It can create allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, violent coughing and even vomiting.
7. Tetrasodium and disodium EDTA
If you are looking for sensitive skin care products or any beauty products, then just keep an eye out for the above-mentioned ingredients, and you will make a wise choice.
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