When applying skincare products we usually don’t take into account the impact they can have on our cellular function and overall well being.
Our skin absorbs the products it’s exposed to and while you may think the products you’re using are okay, there’s a good chance they're actually causing your skin more damage than good.
Don’t stress however, we’ve highlighted a couple ingredients to look out for when you're choosing your next skincare product.Parabens
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in skincare products and cosmetic products. They’re commonly used to prevent any growth of mould/bacteria and ensure the products have longer shelf life. Doesn’t sound too bad?
There's a catch. Parabens actually mimic estrogen in the body driving hormone imbalances, reproductive difficulties and have been linked to the potential growth of breast cancers. Parables will be written as isopropyl and isobutyl parabens, or anything with a Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isopropyl prefix.
While all links have yet to be scientifically proven, it’s best to avoid these ingredients when possible.Sulfates
Sulfates irritate the skin, disrupt skin pH, cause dermatitis and inflammatory skin conditions and is an ingredient we suggest to avoid.
When using products such as cleansers, shampoos and soaps, the foamy soapy texture that is created is likely caused by sulfates. Look for SLES – Sodium Laureth Sulfate, SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and ALS – Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate.
Now that you’ve been armed with this information, make sure to have a quick scroll through the ingredients and choose a skincare routine or brand that is Parabens and Sulfate free.