What you should know about toxic ingredients
-Aug 27, Hannah Hargrave , Health -
The benefits of a consistently good skincare regime are never ending, that is unless your routine is loaded with potentially harmful chemical ingredients. If you want your skincare to be a major source of nourishment rather than a source of toxicity there are several ingredients you might want to avoid.
When it comes to picking products to put on your skin you may go by recommendations, trial and error or even by the packaging. But by far the most important thing is what’s in what you are putting on your skin. Because if that pretty, little container on your bedside table contains some of the following ingredients you might be better off binning them.
Which skincare ingredients are toxic?
You think about avoiding preservatives in food so why not in skincare too? Parabens are essentially preservatives which prolong the shelf-life of the product. But they can lead to hormone imbalances and they’ve even been linked to breast cancer. Examples of parabens you might find in your products are isopropylparaben, methylparaben and proplyparaben. So if you see any of those on your lotions, oils or cleansers it could be worth rethinking whether it’s really worth using the product.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
SLS gives you bubbles galore (since it turns liquid to foam) but this chemical cleansing and foaming agent can irritate eyes and skin. It’s found in everything from industrial strength cleaners to toothpaste, shampoo and makeup, but there are plenty of SLS free products, which will still give you the foam without the irritation.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to keep plastic soft and flexible and they are also used in cosmetics to help products retain their fragrance and colour.
Often found in nail polish and hair spray phthalates are also listed on the ingredients of lotions which you could be putting on your skin.
They can cause reproductive issues, hormonal problems and even birth defects. So it’s certainly worth steering clear, especially if you’re pregnant.
Check the label for the likes of polytene, polybutylene, terephthalate, PE and pretty much anything ending in phthalate.
It doesn’t sound like something you should be wary of but when a company lists fragrance on their skincare product it could be hiding a multitude of sins. Since manufacturers don’t have to reveals what’s in their fragrance it could be a plethora of irritants, allergens and even carcinogens.
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical and although the amounts of it in your skincare product will be relatively low when you’re using it every single day, the toxicity level builds up.
The chemical has been linked to reproductive problems and hormonal imbalances and is also known to be carcinogenic.
Diethanalomine, (DEA), Monoethanolamine, (MEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
These ingredients are used to thicken products and could be what is making your sunscreen or moisturiser so creamy. They have also been linked to skin irritation, inflammation, organ toxicity and respiratory issues too.
Which natural skincare products should I be using?
If you like your products and your skincare regime has been working then changing it up for a natural one can be a daunting prospect. You might also be thinking ‘do all-natural products work as well as chemical based ones?’ The answer is yes, and just as you want to avoid some ingredients, you’ll want to gravitate towards others.
The likes of green tea extract, vitamin C and E, jojoba oil and zinc oxide are just a few of the many natural ingredients found in good, all-natural skincare products.
A product like Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial oil is packed with 32-all natural ingredients (essential oils, plant oils and extracts) which work together to completely nourish your skin and leave it looking and feeling radiant.
Also think carefully about the sunscreen you use. Mineral sunscreens should contain just two ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium oxide. Instead of penetrating the skin they create a barrier between you and the sun’s harmful rays.
Whatever products you decide to use remember to give them time to work. Consistency and a little patience is needed for you to see real results whether you’re using chemical-free products or not.
Lumity’s products contain no harmful ingredients, just pure goodness.