As you’ve aged into the beautiful person you are today, you’ve learned a thing or two about skin care and beauty. Over time you’ve learned to use only cruelty-free and ethical beauty products because they’re good for the environment, as they are for the other creatures that share this Earth with you.
However, just because beauty products are ethical or cruelty-free doesn't mean some of the ingredients aren't harmful to your skin. Let's look at some harmful components to avoid when you're in the market for new skin care products.
You've probably seen the word "paraben-free" start to pop up on various products. That's because everyone's starting to catch on to the fact that they're not good for our skin. In fact, there is nothing at all beneficial about parabens in terms of our skin.
Their only purpose is to prolong the shelf life of the product. They are not only damaging to our skin, but when they wash away into the environment, they get into the bodies of animals as well.
Some studies link parabens to health issues such as breast cancer and infertility. It's something you want to look out for when choosing skin care products.
Back before you made the conscious decision to switch over to ethical and cruelty-free skin care products, you probably picked up whatever products you found with no regard for the label.
One common ingredient in many skin care products is formaldehyde. The thought process behind using formaldehyde was to help preserve the skin. It’s what they use on dead bodies, after all...Unfortunately, the substance has been found to cause issues from skin irritation to hair loss making it another ingredient you should absolutely avoid!
Phosphates are used as a buffering agent to keep a product from decaying over time, but it's not very good for our skin or the environment.
When phosphates get rinsed off our skin and down the drains, it can throw off entire ecosystems in rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water. That's honestly just as bad or worse than a little skin rash or other harmful skin reaction because enough people using products with harmful phosphates can destroy ecosystems.
These adverse health and ecological effects make phosphates another ingredient you should absolutely avoid.
It's not uncommon to find alcohol in skin care products. It is used to help the other ingredients in these products get into your skin easier. It also helps to preserve the ingredients in these products in addition to making some products feel 'softer.'
However, alcohol is known to cause skin irritation. This irritation can lead to dryness, breakouts, and other skin abnormalities. If you notice your skin care products are causing you skin issues, you might want to take a closer look at the ingredients because alcohol may be the culprit.
Those who wish to remain gluten-free may not know this but, many skin care products they used in the past contained gluten. Anyone who has celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten should look into gluten-free products.
Even if you follow a gluten-free diet, there's a potential for gluten in skin care products to cause a flare up in your symptoms if you have a gluten sensitivity. It is why we place a heavy emphasis on finding and using all-natural products that work for you and help you in your personal skin care routine.