I have had several questions recently about what specific things to look for and avoid when choosing skin care products. I know it can feel overwhelming at times, so I want to try to simplify this for you.
Since there are over 2 million separate skin care products available to most people today, I want to make you aware of the potentially harmful ingredients you could be using on your skin right now. The FDA has been recently cracking down on these substances, and I want you to take this information and use it to make your health and life better.
Product Ingredients To Avoid:
1. Synthetic Fragrances. Often contain phthalates (pronounced THAY-lates), synthetic chemicals commonly used to stabilize fragrances and make plastic more pliable. These endocrine disrupters mimic hormones and may alter genital development.
Avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient unless the label states that it’s derived from essentials oils, or look for a phthalate-free label on the packaging.
2. Parabens. Ubiquitous in skin care, preserve other ingredients, and extend a product’s shelf life (in very tiny amounts). These antimicrobial chemicals, if more is used than necessary, can have hormone-disrupting effects. The problem is you won't know how much is included unless clearly specified, so just be careful.
3. Ureas. You probably guessed it, made from urine and formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. They are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis which can be mistaken for acne.
4. 1,4-Dioxane. A chemical carcinogen, is created when ingredients are processed with petroleum-derived ethylene oxide. Common ethoxylated compounds include sodium laureth sulfate and polyethylene glycol (often listed as PEG).
To avoid it, skip any product with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth (or any other -eth), PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.
5. MEA/DEA/TEA are “amines” (ammonia compounds) and can form harmful nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers, and to adjust the pH of cosmetics, they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin.
6. Sulfates (my personal favorite), called sodium lauryl and sodium laureth, are harsh detergents that give cleansers, soaps, and shampoos their latherability. Often derived from petroleum, sulfates can also come from coconut and other vegetable oils that can be contaminated with pesticides.
Sulfates can cause eye irritation and skin rashes. This is the same thing in your laundry detergent that makes it foam.
7. Mineral Oil, which simply coats the skin locking in impurities and suffocating the healthy skin cells you do have. And, it also blocks pores.
There are more of course, and I will be sharing those with you. So be on the lookout for part 2 tomorrow at some point. I would also recommend printing this out and keeping it in an easy place for you to reference.
I always like to give everyone more access to information that you can use today so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to keep your skin healthy, clear, and eternally youthful looking!
Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."