Buying the usual brands of skin care products might seem an innocent enough activity, but many of us are totally unaware that some of the ingredients they contain are simply harmful, and unnecessary. Why is that?
My own diligent research has thrown some light on various toxic chemicals that are better suited to some larger scale industrial processes, and not dabbed onto your skin. We’ll have a look at just three of these culprits that many makers use, and why they are best avoided if correct, healthy skincare is the objective.
One is known as Parabens, which includes such varieties as propyl, ethyl and methyl, all used extensively as a preservative in skincare products such as moisturizers. Hardly helpful to hydrating your face. Some studies have shown how these parabens cause skin rashes, allergic reactions, as well as upsetting your body’s endocrine system.
Secondly, fragrances are used throughout the cosmetics industry and there are thousands of them, many which have been branded toxic or carcinogenic. To make matters worse they have been shown to affect the central nervous system and cause irritability.
Third and last is a substance known as Triclosan. Product producers use it widely as an anti-bacterial agent, but its name also crops up in such unconnected products such as weed killers.
The quest to find skin care products, which contain no substances that have a question mark over their safety, has become easier. Perhaps you’ve caught sight of yourself in the bathroom mirror lately and peered into it to get a closer look, wishing you had younger looking skin. What are some of the options open to you?
Taking care of your second largest bodily organ should really start well before any of those tell-tale signs of aging start to show. Many of the most serious effects like loose or sagging skin can be avoided by remembering a few things in early adulthood. Just to quickly recap, these certainly include not smoking and watching your exposure to sunlight. Sadly this type of skin damage is only evident after many years and perhaps too slow to appear for most of us to start treating it effectively. Taking a bit of extra care when we’re younger will pay dividends later.
Great you say but, what if I’m already of a certain age and want to try cosmetics for younger looking skin? Those flashy ads certainly look very appealing and enticing, giving a promise of revitalizing, hydrating, firming smoother and youthful skin.
Some work better than others, costs vary widely, results are mixed and we’re never sure how effective and safe they are. Safe not just for the health of your skin but also in general, as a good deal of brands use unnecessary ingredients. These often harmful chemicals are used as fragrances, preservatives and fillers, to bulk up a product or to make something inferior appear better.