What to (not) look for when purchasing Skincare Products

Having a hard time deciding what skincare products to use?
Let me help you narrow down your decision, by informing you of a few common ingredients you should probably avoid!


Parabens– Widely used in products to preserve or prolong artificial ‘fragrances’. These are easy penetrated chemicals, that go into the body and act as hormones. Parabens have been linked to the tissues found in breast cancer. Known to active dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea.
Label to look for: Most Parabans will have the word ‘Paraban’ in it, such as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.


Diethanolamine (DEA)– A chemical used to produce a ‘lather’ in cleansers. Known to create a potent carcinogen called NDEA, which is absorbed into the skin and linked to bladder, liver, kidney, and stomach cancers. Some say that this chemical has to be combined with certain products to produce its negative effects, but this chemical has already been banned in other countries, so it must have some concern!
Label to look for: DEA, Diethanolamine, Cocamide DEA, DEA Lauryl Sulfate


Sulfates–  In cleansers sulfates work as surfactants: water- and oil-soluble compounds that when combined with water, foam and emulsify greasy substances. After using a cleanser with sulfates, you may feel squeaky clean, more dry than moisturized, and that no more oil is on your face.. but what this chemical is doing, is actually just stripping the skin of our natural oils, that protect the barrier. And because the oil is being stripped away, our skin is being told to produce more oil, to compensate what it has lost! (This goes the same with your scalp and hair) Sulfates are also known as the number one ‘skin irritant’. If you have an allergic reaction to a product, sulfates are almost always involved!
Label to look for: Sulfate, SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Fragrance– If you look on many skin care products, the word ‘fragrance’ pops up in the ingredient list. Your product may smell good, but have you ever wondered what that smell is actually made of? Fragrance is one ingredient that the FDA does not regulate as strictly as they probably should. One word, can mean hundreds of chemicals, forming a scent. Many of these synthetic chemicals can cause negative side effects such as: headaches, asthma attacks, allergies, and rashes. Another dangerous part of this word is phthalates. Most synthetic fragrances are stabilized with phthalates. Pthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase flexibility. This chemical compound has traced back to high levels of developmental and reproductive toxicity. Important to stay away from ‘fragrance’ while pregnant and breast feeding!
Label to look for: Fragrance, Perfume, Parfum


Formaldehyde– Known as a human carcinogen, formaldehyde is a colorless, strong smelling gas, that is toxic to the human body in many ways. This chemical has been linked to cases of lukemia, and it initiates the formation of tumors. There is no facts that exposure to formaldehyde alone, has been linked to cancer; but when mixed with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (that are common in skin care products), a gas called ‘nitrosamines’ forms and is absorbed and penetrated through the skin, and that chemical has been linked to cancer. Formadehyde is classified as a high-grade allergen, causing chemical burns on the skin when applied topically with products containing this chemical.
Label to look for: Formaldehyde, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate


When purchasing skin care, you want it to be as clean as possible! Look for ‘sulfate-free, paraban-free, artificial fragrance/chemical-free’ products! Keep your skin glowing, and your body happy!

Remember- you are what you put on your skin!

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