Have you ever read the label on the back of a bottle and wondered what half the skincare ingredients meant?
You may be shocked to learn how many harmful ingredients are in your beauty products. And maybe even more surprised to find out there is very little government regulation in this area.
Unfortunately, this is out of our hands, but our choice of products isn’t. Choosing safer skincare ingredients is something we can control. Removing these harmful skincare ingredients from our routines can have a massive impact.
Let’s break down a few of the good and bad substances found in your skincare and beauty products.
Safe Cosmetic Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Extract
Aloe Barbadensis refers to the Aloe plant. The many functions of the Aloe trace back to early Egypt. In 1820, Aloe was officially listed as a skin protectant in North America.
Aloe possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antiviral properties, making it great for skincare. Aloe is also excellent for skin diseases such as eczema. The extract acts as an antioxidant and promotes anti-aging properties and well cellular regeneration. Because of this, it has earned the name: “The plant of immortality”
Silver Citrate works to break down the bacteria of enzymes, preventing the growth of microorganisms. It improves the solubility of ingredients in skincare, like vitamin E. Silver Citrate in the presence of citric acid is a compound in a product called Silverion 2400 and is used as a preservative.
The name sounds fancy, but really it is a natural, safe alternative for some of the bad toxins that are used products.
Mentha Piperita Essential Oil
Mentha Piperita, also known as Peppermint oil is often used in aromatherapy to relieve anxiety, pain, as well as improving memory. Peppermint oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, fungicidal, antioxidant properties making it great for skincare, leaving you with a cooling effect.
Potassium iodide is most commonly used in dermatology for inflammation but is also useful for certain infections. It accelerates the healing of scars and cuts, promotes skin repair, and keeps acne-causing hormones at bay.
It can also delay the signs of aging by slowing down the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
Lecithin is a great antioxidant because of its high content of vitamin E. It protects the skin from free radicals and stimulates the production of collagen. This helps the skin look smoother. Lecithin also provides hydration to the skin which makes it excellent for dry skin. This is a very common skincare ingredient in many creams and skincare products.
Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A which is vital for healthy skin. Beta-carotene has antioxidant properties as well, which can help neutralize free radicals.
It can prevent premature skin aging by reducing damage caused by UV light, pollution, and other environmental hazards. It can also make your skin glow radiantly. It’s found in many vegetables, especially carrots.
Glycerin is ideal for fighting skin problems, helps repair dry skin, and works mainly for cuts and burns.
It’s useful for reducing inflammation and its antibacterial properties make it good for removing bacteria and it’s a very common skincare ingredient in products.
Copper is a trendy skin-care ingredient, but it’s not actually anything new. Ancient Egyptians used metal to sterilize wounds and water.
Copper sulfate is a mineral with extraordinary benefits, which has properties and therapeutic applications, but it’s exceptional for skincare as it protects effectively against many skin diseases. It helps to develop collagen and elastin, which maintain the strength of the skin.
Ingredients to watch out for
Parabens are preservatives found in everything from soap to makeup. If it has water in it, it probably has a paraben that keeps it from growing bacteria.
Parabens are known to mimic estrogen in the body which can lead to a hormonal imbalance, and even cause breast cancer.
The bottom line, avoid any product with the word Paraben on the label.
These are found in literally any beauty product you can think of and they are bad news.
Phthalates have many names and can sometimes appear as; DBP, DMP, dibutyl/diethyl ester, or benzene dicarboxylate. They are linked to hormone imbalances and are carcinogenic. These are extremely toxic to babies and can even cause birth defects.
Phthalates interfere with fertility and have also been linked to many cases of breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Be very careful when using products containing these.
Formaldehyde is found in various beauty products and has been banned in Europe.
The U.S. National Toxicology agency has classified Formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. It is a known irritant and can cause problems in the liver and immune system. It’s also linked to joint pains, and skin conditions.
Even low exposure to formaldehyde can cause rashes, coughing, difficulty breathing, and nausea.
Found in lotions, gels, creams, and some makeup products. Mercury is a known irritant and accumulates in the body over time. It can eventually impact the brain and nervous system.
However, since Mercury is a contaminant you most likely won’t find it on a label which is very scary in itself.
The bottom line is, be very careful about what you are putting in and on your body. All of the safe ingredients listed can be found in our formulations with none of the bad ones.
We take pride in using safe, natural skincare ingredients to help you maintain healthy skin. Stay safe out there!