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Skincare Ingredients

Updated on July 17, 2011

Harmful Ingredients in Skin Care Products

Many skin care products that are out there can pose the potential to harm your body and your skin. Too many women spend a lot every year on these skin care products that may have harmful ingredients to your skin or even cause cancer.

As many as 6000 ingredients are used in our products and about 1000 of these are know to be harmful and 900 have been identified to pose a cancer risk. Ask yourself: do you really need to suffer in order to be beautiful?

Every skin care product contains about 15 ingredients. This means that every time you are using a product, about 15 ingredients are being absorbed by your skin. So either you are preventing or reversing the results of the product.

So not too many products out there are promising the skincare results that they claim to have. The products on the market have even been found to lie about being “100% organic” when they really are not.

I even had a conversation with a dermatologist about one particular skin care product that is called Hydroxatone. She had not heard of this product. We went further to discuss the more well-known skin care products on the market now. She went on to reveal that the market trends change so much with so many products entering the market. So it is crucial to maintain what has been proven to work and to look for the details of the skin products you are using.

The trendy skin care products entering the market are loaded with harmful ingredients that pose side effects, and irritants, to your skin. Look for how the product looks immediately on your skin, and feels, as an indicator of the long-term effects. In fact, some products we are using will age you and damage your skin as opposed to repairing it.

A dermatologist I saw recommended to me the over the counter products that I can get, for half the cost, that are similar to a more high profile skin care product. These products are CeraVe and Aveeno ecszema Skin Care Products. So I decided to test them.

Hydroxatone was a great product. It absorbed well and the texture is high end smooth but, it is a bit pricey to spend on a 4oz jar. CeraVe and Aveeno were just as great in performance as the initial product. It leads me to conclude that the pricing tactting of skin care products is all a marketing goal. It is is a tactic to target more high-end consumers. So people tend to believe that the more the cost, the more the quality of the product. This is nor an accurate perception.

Also keep in mind that everyone’s skin is going to react differently to a different product. Some may be more tolerant to ingredients and some may react easily and even develop internal problems. One ingredient may make all the difference in a skin’s reaction. Just because it says “hypoallergenic” doesn’t mean that one ingredient won’t cause a reaction.

So the following is a small gathering of ingredients used in skin care products that are harmful:

Alpha Hydroxyl Acid. This will be the popular ingredient that you will see in anti-aging products. It boasts of renewing your skin and getting rid of wrinkles. Skin care products that have AHA are going to exfoliate the good and bad parts of your skin; this means that they remove the protective barrier. We use the protective barrier for blocking the harmful free radicals that damage and age our skin.

Collagen. This is a protein that has large molecules that can’t penetrate the skin. It is not the collagen that is harmful but rather, the source it comes from. Most skin care products have collagen that comes from animal skins and chicken feet. This means that it is going to form a thick layer due to the animal fats. The only effective method you can get collages is via injection. The molecules from animals are just too thick to penetrate. But, companies are not going to let you know that it will not penetrate. They continue to advertise many skin care companies as “collagen boosting”.

Diethanolamine (DEA). DEA is an alcohol and is often used in emulsifier and as an emollient that softens skin. When this ingredient is coupled with other products that have nitrates, it reacts. It’s reaction will chemically react to form potential carcinogenic compounds.

Elastin. This is just like the protein collagen. It is also known to have molecules too big to penetrate your skin’s layers.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). You will find these ingredients in more harsh detergents like auto cleaning products and degreasers. Such a product will then be absorbed via your skin very easily. It will stay in your heart, your eyes, your brain and liver. Watch out since research is linking SLS to causing cataracts.

Petroleum and Mineral Oil. Mineral oil is produced from petroleum. Again, the molecules are just too large to penetrate the skin membrane. It is just like collagen and lanolin. It’s like having junk food for your skin membrane: these products will satisfy the forming of a protective layer on your skin but, they will trap all the toxins. Petroleum, or Mineral oil, doesn’t allow your skin to breathe. They prevent the oxygen needed to enter, and clear, your skin.

Propylene Glycol. You will find this is antifreeze and brake fluids. It is linked to liver malfunctions and kidney failure. If you end up with such health problems, I guarantee you that you skin care will be the last thing on your priority list.

Dimethicone. I can’t even reason why skin care products will use this as an ingredients. It has been known to cause tumors, and mutations, when tested on lab animals. It is usually used in those products that aim to be emollients and many others. It has carcinogenic written all over it.

DEA. When manufacturers want to control a skin’s pH level, they use this. It is toxic. As of late, it is under investigation as another ingredient that can potentially lead to cancer.

Glycerin. This one is another ingredient that is made via water and fat. It will dry your skin from the inside out. How? Unless you are experiencing high humidity, glycerin sucks the moisture from the bottom layers of your skin and grasps it on the surface. This means that your skin is now deprived of internal moisture since all that moisture is being held on the surfaces. So glycerin will not work on dry skin. It is more intended for oily skin.

I have a friend who never uses too many skin care products. Her face is flawless and her body is smooth and well-moisturized. I asked her what she uses and she praises the magical smoothing nature of shea butter and the healing qualities of Black Soap. I am starting to use these products to limit my exposure to all these harmful chemicals. I have found shea not only smoothing but also a great eraser for stretch marks. Black Soap has been acting like a vitamin E and has been fading my discolorations and making my skin more even. It is also a great makeup remover. In addition, both products are inexpensive.

I urge you to look deep into your beauty cabinets and look to see if any skin care products you are using contain any of the harmful ingredients I mentioned.

What did you find? Please share with us.


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