6 Ingredients You Don't Want in Your Skin Care.


There was once a time when I would walk into a pharmacy or convenience store and nonchalantly scroll the mass of toiletries and skincare products that lined their aisles. Grabbed by captivating buzzwords - I would walk out with that excited “I'm sold” feeling thinking I had bought the next best skincare product which would work wonders for my skin!


Little did I know that many of these products actually contained very little (if any) of the nutritious ingredients that they claimed to have on their packaging, and I was continually disappointed with their outcomes. The growing expense and mistrust in these products continued until I was prompted to look behind the buzz words and their misleading packaging to the ingredients that they really contained.



You Have the Right to KNOW:

Following my research, I was horrified to find that not only did many skincare products contain very little natural ingredients but also contained the following:



A chemical that is used as a preservative in many personal care and skincare products. There are questions being asked as to whether Parabens are in fact linked in part to the rising incidents of breast cancer as they have been found in breast cancer tumours. These chemicals are easily absorbed into our skin which may disrupt our endocrine systems. It is for this reason that Parabens have also been suggested to cause reproductive problems including infertility and growth development disorders in young children.



Mineral Oils including “liquid petroleum”, “paraffin oil” and “white mineral oil” contain contaminants which The World Health Organisation have found has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Even high grade mineral oil can trap ingredients and block the pores in skin which may increase acne as well as blackheads. Since the mineral oil acts as a physical barrier over skin to reduce moisture loss – it can trap bacteria and therefore increase breakouts and blemishes. These mineral oils do not provide any nutrition to your skin, they sit on the surface of your skin and act as a contaminant.



Are synthetic “softeners” in skincare products. Studies have shown that exposure to Phthalates may have adverse effects on hormones and male fertility and are now widely known to be “endocrine disruptors”. This means that Phthalates are thought to displace and mimic hormones and interrupt their natural production. This has been demonstrated through a multitude of studies which have show disruption in the development of young babies including birth defects and abnormal sexual development.



Silicones give skincare products a “velvety” feel, and act as a waterproof barrier, helping skin to retain moisture. Concerns have arisen however with the possibility that silicones are building up in the environment and are causing “bioaccumulation” which may cause a huge risk for aquatic organisms. This concern has now callen for Environmental activists to urge us to avoid them.



Are a synthetic ingredient which is based on sulphur or petrolatum. There are many varieties of Sulphates which include Sodium Laurl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) being the most common. These chemicals are not only irritants which may aggravate skin by causing itching, dry and redness but are found to break down proteins which can lead to a degenerative effect on cell membranes. They are also found to leave residues in the brain lungs and heart. Petrolatum is also a non-renewable source which has negative impacts on the environment.



Aluminium is a naturally occurring metal which is found in the earths crust and is used in many industries such as construction to products such as fizzy drinks cans. In its ionic and compound forms however - as in skincare products is highly toxic in large doses.

Aluminium in skincare products can create a chemical reaction that block your skins natural sweat glands. Aluminium compounds can therefore cause irritation, may cause contact dermatitis, acne and itching. Aluminium toxicity can lead to damage of the kidneys and nerves as well as cause vitamin D and calcium deficits. Links have also been found to Alzheimer's and breast cancer.


The NO FUSS Solution


I decided to turn all of this on its head – and thought ‘what if companies were honest about what was contained within their products?’ If their marketing terms and descriptions truly stated that their products contained aggravating chemicals causing red and dryness, ineffective pore-clogging petroleum and parabens that have been found in cancerous tumours - would consumers still buy them?


Reading labels on products with chemical-ridden ingredients was overwhelming (especially when ethically perceived high street brands hid them under other labels). As a rule of thumb I found that most natural and organic ingredients could be easily read, understood and were presented clearly - whereas products laden with chemicals had very long, complicated and difficult names that were hidden and tricky to pronounce. It wasn't so complicated after all – and I began to feel more empowered as a customer, which Francis Bacon described as “KNOWledge is power!”


It is my belief that all consumers have the right to really KNOW what is contained within their skincare products through clear and honest marketing, packaging and advertising campaigns. As consumers we have the right to KNOW. And through KNOWing what ingredients are contained within the products we buy, we are able to make healthy choices that work for our skin, the environment and the industries that we choose to support with our pound.


The next time you are in a supermarket, or someone says “It doesn't matter that much” I urge you to take a second to look at the ingredients label to see behind the facade of buzz words and images on packaging to see how many natural ingredients skincare products really contain – I think you'll be surprised at what you find!


Do you KNOW what's in your skincare products? What's your list of NO's?


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