Chemicals to Avoid in Your Skincare Products

Chemicals to Avoid in Your Skincare Products

There are so many skincare products on the market that it is hard to choose which ones to use. They all claim that they will beautify our skin but only using them will show us if they are right for us, right? Before you try every skincare product on the market, here is a list of chemicals that you should try to avoid in your skincare products.

1. Alcohols-Many skincare products contain alcohols in some form. You may not actually see the word “alcohol” but ingredients that end in “ols” are more than likely some type of alcohol. Most alcohols are used as drying agents. They help products to blend into the skin and disappear. Alcohol dries in air. For people with dry skin, alcohols will deplete moisture in the skin and increase the dryness. When found in shampoos, they can strip the hair follicles of essential oils and leave the hair brittle and dry.

2. Parabens-In the ingredients, you may see “methylparaben” listed. They are preservatives used in skincare products. Maklon Kosmetik They decrease the amount of bacterial growth in lotions and other skincare products. Some people may have an allergy to parabens. It’s hard to know if this is the source of your skin irritation with so many other chemicals in some skincare products, so avoiding parabens altogether is a wise choice.

3. Fragrances-Everyone wants to smell good. Plenty of skin care products contain fragrances to give them a nice scent. Unfortunately, these fragrances can cause skin irritations. A fragrance is created by combining chemicals. Any one of those chemicals can cause an adverse reaction on you face or elsewhere on your body.

4. Phthalates-The “ph” is silent. These chemicals are commonly added to plastics to make them more flexible. It is also strangely enough found in a variety of cosmetics, soap, lotions and nail polish. The substance is toxic to animals and can cause birth defects.

5. Dyes-Some of the dyes that give the products their color are also harsh to the skin. If your skin is oily or well moisturized you may not notice it but for those with skin conditions these dyes can leave you itchy and red.

It is important to read the label on all skincare products. Most people don’t know that skincare products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are on their honor to provide a safe product to the consumer. Many consumer watchdog groups keep a lookout for harmful products and get the word out in print or on the Internet.

Even skin care products that claim to be all-natural are not always what they appear to be. One regulation that skincare manufacturers do have to follow is listing their product ingredients in order on the label according to the percentage of each in the formulation. All natural products that list their “natural” ingredients at the end are a dead giveaway that they are more chemical than natural.