8 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid

Good skin epitomizes good health. It is the first layer of ourselves which we expose to everyone we meet. The external ‘us’ symbolizes our true state of being, one that denotes how we care for ourselves.

However, with all the attention on optimum skin health, do you really know what is in your skincare? Most of the products we purchase have names and words that are beyond our comprehension. To add salt to injury, they plaster pictures of beautiful women with great skin, to denote that our skin has potentials of looking the same with their skincare. Then there is the tough choice of choosing ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ skincare treatments. And by taking away all the attention from the high-sounding ingredients, we apply these potions believing that we are on our way to fairer skin.

Also known ad the third kidney which eliminates toxins from our system, skin also absorbs substances into our system and our blood stream via hair follicles, skin lipids and pores. One simple example of this is the usage of nicotine patches on the skin – these patches are supposed to reduce the urge to smoke. If the urge to smoke can be curbed merely by sticking a few plasters on the skin, it tells you in volumes what the skin is doing for our system.

Since skincare and cosmetics are a way of modern life, it is time we discover what is it that we are putting on our skin. The best gift you can give yourself in terms of being prudent about your skincare is to be label-savvy. Learn to discriminate and avoid ingredients that are potentially harmful to your skin and know that the term ‘natural’ does not mean ‘coming from mother earth’! Empower yourself with what’s safe and what’s vogue with these 8 harmful skincare ingredients to avoid list.

#1 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Mineral Oil

A petroleum derivative used in baby oils and in most moisturizers. It is not easily absorbed by the skin, instead it merely creates a film on the skin layer, leaving a greasy residue and over time, causes dry skin and skin irritation.

Alternative – Combinations of cold-pressed certified organic seed or nut oils containing fatty acids such as jojoba, olive, rosehip and evening primrose. Easily absorbed, these oils are non-greasy and they help nourish the skin.

#2 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Propylene Glycol

One of the most commonly used emulsifiers, it is petrochemical derived from propylene alcohol that is easily absorbed by the skin and the scalp. Linked to abnormalities in the liver and the kidney, blocked pores and blemishes, it is the major component of brake and hydraulic fluids.

Alternative – Vegetable glycerin, which is readily absorbed by the skin without side effects.

#3 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate

A synthetic wetting and cleansing agent, it can be found in almost all commercial brand shampoos and toothpastes.

Alternative – Polyglucose, soap wort or coconut oil, made from saponification reaction of fats with potassium and sodium. Having less sudsing action, they are safer and gentler on hair and on the environment.

#4 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Talc

The main ingredient used in face powders, its structure and molecular size is similar to asbestos. Commonly used in babies in the genital areas, it has been linked with ovarian cancer and is a known carcinogen when inhaled.

Alternative – Corn or rice starch powder.

#5 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Diethanolamine (DEA)

DEA, which are used as emulsifying agents, solvents and are found in most shampoos. Studies have shown that DEA-related ingredients have been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Alternative – Vegetable glycerin (not glycerol!), a wetting or carrying agent that has safely been used in cosmetics formulations for generations.

#6 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – PVP-VA / Copolymers

The plastic in hair products that coat hair with a hard film, it is suspected to have carcinogens and may cause asthma when inhaled.

Alternative – aloe vera, acacia and tragacanth are natural polymers that have been safely used for centuries.

#7 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Synthetic Fragrances

May be a blend of 600 different chemicals, they have been known to cause allergic sensitivity and irritation.

Alternative – Pure essential oils, extracts that are derived from flowers and plants. Containing therapeutic effects, they have been known to soothe and calm the body, mind and spirit.

#8 Harmful Skincare Ingredients To Avoid – Methyl- / Propyl- / Butyl- /Ethyl-parabens

Commonly used as cosmetic preservatives they destroy enzyme activity and bacteria in products. They are highly toxic and are the leading cause of contact dermatitis.

Imidazolindinyl and diazolidinyl urea, synthetic preservatives that are commonly found in shampoos and soaps, they are formaldehyde-releasing agents, which are cancer causing agents. It is usually listed as ‘formalin’.

Alternative – Tea tree or citrus extract. Both are known to have antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antioxidant agents respectively. They are effective in both water and oil-based cosmetics and can preserve cosmetics safely for up to a year or more.

Care for your skin, choose skincare from Love Lula Organic Beauty, or make your own moisturizers, DIY exfoliants and make your own hair treatments!

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7 Responses

  1. Wow, I never knew about any of this items being so potentially harmful. Sure enough, I recognized some of these ingredients in my current skincare products. Thanks for listing an alternative besides just providing the info. It helps me be able to go out and look for alternative products.

  2. emu store says:

    Its amazing how many harmful products there are out there…nothing will ever beat natural or organic based products…:)

  3. Charla says:

    I have read about these before. The sad thing is that so many products have them. I’ve found Burts Bees products and also Aveeno are better products. I guess I need to go to a health food store.

  4. Mareia Milss says:

    Hey everyone,

    Another great LOCAL organic skincare company that is certififed is MADE FROM EARTH. I have been using their products for the last 6 months – and now stopped!! Because my skin has naturally improved itself and I have seen a real decline in the amount of wrinkles on the side of my eyes. I would recommend the “VITAMIN ENHANCED FACE FIRMING SERUM”. This is the cream I only used for 6 months and now stopped because it naturally has improved my owns skins ability to heal itsefl and become firmer.

    As a body lotion, I use the HONEY HONEY cream. Smells like honey. Definitely check them out and they are way better priced than most organic skin care lines. . .the website is madefromearth.com

  5. Maria says:

    I use a face cream that has powerful antioxidants from real blue berries. . .its from this organic and chemical free company called Made from Earth. It’s the “Three Berry Serum”. . .It has actual berries in it which are mixed with the lotion and applied to your face. Plus, I have sensitive skin and don’t put any chemicals in my body, and this one of the few face creams I have found that is 100% chemical free . .

    Seriously – toxic synthetic chemicals in your lotions are not necessary. Human skin is porous which means that substances we put on our skin are absorbed directly into our bloodstream. This means these chemicals may end up in your liver or other organs.

  6. natural soap says:

    Generally peoples are not aware about harmful chemicals used in inorganic beauty products but those chemicals are really very harmful. On the other hand natural and organic skin care products increase strength and beauty of skin. Thanks for this post and this will help peoples to understand importance of organic products.

  7. This is a good article to read. Very informative. However, with regards to parabens, I have read that it is safe to use in skin care products as long as the paraben content won’t exceed to 25%. And, according to FDA, companies are only adding parabens up to 3%.

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