25 Skin Care Product Ingredients That Actually Make You Look Ugly
Most discussions catering to our health revolve around eating our greens and exercising just the right amount but have you ever wondered how your everyday skincare routine can jeopardize all of that? Yes folks, you heard it right! No matter how much you sweat it out in the gym or keep sugar away from your diet if your skincare products are not right, you are probably going to feel the burn of it sooner than later. We aren’t saying that you stop applying any chemical on your skin because let us be honest, some of the best skincare products contain chemicals too, the right kind of course! The basic skincare routine includes using a facial wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, body lotion among other things. There is no denying the fact that we can not do without these products and with thousands of brands in the market claiming to make you look like a million bucks, it does get confusing at times when you are out shopping for cosmetics! The trick is to take some time and read the ingredients used in the skincare products. You must have heard it already that some of the best skin care products are paraben and sulfate-free!
Just do your research before heading out to shop for skincare products and we are sure you will grab nothing but the best products out there. To make your life easier, we have curated a list of harmful ingredients that you should be wary of when it comes to your lotion, lipstick and more! Read on!!
Asbestos is known for it’s harmful affects and yet it has made it’s way into various skin care products. Why you ask? Poor regulation and reckless money-minded attitude of make-up brands of course. Commonly found in talcum powders. Asbestos and talc are minerals that are formed together which means that the chances of the mined talc being contaminated with asbestos are pretty high. If you aren’t already aware of it, asbestos can be a potential cause of lung cancer as well as mesothelioma. Talc is added to skin care products as it is an effective absorbent. You will come across many talcum powders that are used to set cream based foundations. Beware of compacts, blushes and eye shadows that use asbestos as an ingredient! Even Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder was found to contain asbestos!
One of the most commonly found preservatives in some of the best skin care products is paraben. The most basic skin care products like lotions and soaps also contain parabens. This ingredient is known to mess up with your hormones and lead to serious hormonal imbalance in your body. You do not want a product that is an endocrine disruptor, guys! If it gets uglier, it may even result in breast cancer. Methylparaben has been found in high concentration in human breast tumors. So ladies and gentlemen, avoid all shampoos, lotions and other make-up products that use paraben because it is just not right for your skin!
A chemical that is often found in hair dyes as well as nail polishes is toluene and guys, trust us, this is no good news. Toluene is a chemical you must stay as far away as possible. It can be hazardous for your overall health because of it’s ability to disrupt the immune system of your body. This volatile petrochemical solvent can cause serious birth defects as well! If you are carrying a baby, it is highly advisable to keep toluene based products away from your skin care routine. After all, who doesn’t want to give birth to a happy and healthy baby guys?
Artificial Fragrance Or Parfum
Artificial fragrances are another not so good ingredient often used in some of your favorite skin care products. In fact, it wouldn’t be going too far if we say that most conventional skin care products including those which claim to be unscented contain artificial fragrances. It gets a little tricky here as manufacturers are not obliged to specifically mention what they are actually using in their fragrances! So, while they tell do reveal that fragrance is present in their product, you never know what dangerous allergens, irritants or carcinogens you may be treating your skin to which makes this pretty ugly!
Do you know what keeps plastics from becoming brittle? A plasticizer! Do you know what phthalates are? Yes you guessed it right! It is a plasticizer. Would you want to let your skin come in contact with a plasticizer? No, right! So, stay away from skin care products that contain phthalates. Commonly found in skin care products like hair spray, fragrances and nail polish, these also act as endocrine disruptors like parabens! If your skin care routine includes products that have phthalates, you may develop reproductive problems and hormonal imbalances.
SLS And SLES
A slew of skin care products that like shampoo are known to contain SLS or SLES which is bad! Basically these are foaming agents that can trigger different allergies or result in skin irritation over time. On top of that, sulphation process result in the formation of nitrosamines. 90% of these chemical products are believed to be carcinogenic in nature. Make it a point to maintain distance from products containing SLS/SLES. Also, make sure that your friends and family aren’t using any such product either because you obviously love them and want the best for them!
Formaldehyde is another popularly used preservative in various skin care products and cosmetics. Not only is this harmful chemical known to be cancerous in nature but it also has been linked to asthma. No, it does not stop at that! Formaldehyde can even lead to developmental toxicity and neurotoxicity. Who would want to include such hazardous chemical in their everyday skin care regime? Obviously only the ignorant but trust us, ignorance is not always bliss guys! So, throw away all the skin care product with formaldehyde in them already.
Many cosmetics are known to use polyethylene glycol also known as PEG. Peg is used as a thickener in skin care products. Body lotions, shampoos and even sunscreens often contain this not so amazing ingredient. Polyethylene glycol has found to be contaminated with ethylene oxide which can potentially lead to cancer and 1,4-Dioxane which is hazardous for your respiratory health and is even banned to be used in Canada! Make sure none of your lotions or sunscreens contain this chemical because folks you are definitely not going to like the long term effects of the same.
Do you know your sunscreen well enough? If yes, then you must know that they are of two different varieties namely those with chemical filters and those with mineral filters. Usually the sunscreens usually found in the market are those with chemical filters and oxybenzone is one such chemical filter used in sunscreens. The consequences of letting this chemical compound come in contact with your skin are not pleasant! It can not only alter your body’s thyroid function but even disrupt it’s hormones. This harmful ingredient is also found in other skin care products like lip balms and moisturizers.
Triclosan is a popularly known anti-bacterial agent that was once used in most anti-bacterial soaps. However, various skin care products and personal cosmetics continue to use this chemical. A known endocrine disruptor, triclosan leads to inflammation in the gut and can even promote growth of tumor. Not so good, right? We thought so too! Skin care products like foundation and mascara often contain this hazardous chemical. Some toothpastes can also contain triclosan. We suggest you stay away from this anti-bacterial agent folks. It is not going to do you any good.
This one is a foaming agent skin care products should keep away from. It is known to lead to respiratory toxicity and is also a carcinogen. Products like body washes, shampoos and bubble baths continue to use diethanolamine even though EU has restricted its use in cosmetics and skin care products. It is often abbreviated as DEA on many cosmetic products. Keep an eye for DEA while going through the ingredients. You will be better off in the long run!
If any of your day-to-day skin care routine includes a product that contains an ingredient that ends in ‘siloxane’ or ‘methicone’ as they aren’t worth even a single penny! Rather than working wonders for your skin, these chemicals are going to deteriorate it. Siloxane is used in skin care products and cosmetics as it is known to smoothen, moisten and soften. They are suspected to cause hormonal imbalances in your body and may even lead to reproductive toxicity. Too much negatives for an eight letter word, right? Doctors and skin care experts agree too!
Aluminum may be a one of the most priced metals when it comes to manufacturing appliances and cables and more. Probably your house if full of products are made up of aluminum, from your cars, refrigerators to electric power lines but did you know some of your everyday skin care products such as antiperspirants and sunscreens also contain aluminum which is nothing worth celebrating. While jury is still out on whether a skin care product that contains aluminum lead to cancer or not, what we do know for is that it is a pro-oxidant which could potentially increase the oxidative damage of your skin.
Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum which is not at good for your skin. Usually found in skin care products like body lotions, ointments and creams among other cosmetics mineral oil can prove to be hazard for the well being of your skin. Any skin care product that has mineral oil in it will coat your skin like plastic. In other words, this ingredient can effectively clog the pores of your skin which is not healthy as it messes up with the skin’s ability to do away with toxins which in all likelihood will increase the chances of becoming prone to acne and other skin disorders.
BHT is a synthetic antioxidant that is often used by different skin care products as it is known to increase shelf life. While it does help the product to last longer, that does not come without a cost! BHT has carcinogenic effects, disrupts the hormones and may lead to eventual lever damage. You can not risk your liver guys! You have only got one. Since the liver is majorly responsible for detoxification of the body, any malfunction on its part is going to have repercussions for your overall well being. So, we suggest you stay away from moisturizers and lipsticks that BHT in their ingredient list.
Retinol And Retinyl Palmitate
This may come as a surprise to many but you heard it right folks, retinol aka vitamin A should be avoided when it comes to your skin care routine. Now, like most of you even we thought that retinol was supposed to be a good skin care ingredient but sadly it is otherwise! While it may help soften wrinkles, at the same time it may even damage your DNA while speeding the growth of tumors on the skin. None of that sounds appealing, right? Irrespective of whenever you think it is time to go for an anti aging cream, do make it a point to avoid those with retinol in them.
Lead is not only a heavy metal but is also a neurotoxin which can result in some serious behavioral as well as learning problems with exposure. While this harmful metal has been banned from being used in products like gasoline and paint, many of your favorite skin care products are still known to use lead. Most commonly present in eye liners, lip gloss and lipsticks, lead is something that can prove disastrous for your health. So, ladies be mindful of how many times you reapply your lipstick everyday! It is better to avoid beauty products that contain lead.
The magic ingredient in most skin brightening and lightening creams is hydroquinone. Skin care brands may have declared it to be the star of the show, we beg to differ! Many have complained of skin irritation resulting from use of skin care products in which hydroquinone is found. It can potentially lead to development of sensitivity to skin and dermatitis. This is also found in super glues and paints. Would you ever want to apply something on your skin which has a common ingredient with products like those? No, right!
Many do not seem to be much bothered by the use of synthetic colors in skin care products but if you really think about it that should not be the case. Not sure how to look for synthetic colors in the skin care products that you apply on a daily basis? If you come across either of the letters C,D or F followed by a number or a color that should be your cue. These artificial ingredients are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources and are known to cause serious health problems. Keeping them far from your skin is a million dollar advice.
Coal tar is often a major ingredient in hair dyes, psoriasis shampoo and anti-itch creams among other skin care products. A known carcinogen that is even banned in Europe continues to be used in many other countries as an active ingredient in cosmetics which is saddening. After all, health is wealth. Derived from petroleum, coal tar has risks of being contaminated with heavy metals which are not good for your brain. So, guys please stop burning a hole in your pocket for something that can make you very sick! Doesn’t make sense!!
Would you please say bye bye to all the skin care products that contain mercury in them already? Found in various skin lightening creams and mascaras, mercury often appears as thimerosal on the labels. However, since it is a contaminant, it is highly probable that you wouldn’t find it in the ingredient list which gets tricky! It is an allergen and skin irritant that accumulates in the body with time and has serious consequences for your nervous system. Frightening enough, we guess!
Nanoparticles make it to the list of ingredients used in a wide range of skin care products like blush, sunscreens, anti aging creams among others. In countries like USA and Canada, these aren’t yet listed which is nothing short of keeping the public in the dark! If you ever come across ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, you want these particles to be larger than 100 nanometers. We suggest confirming with the company for clarity. A smaller sized particle may penetrate your skin and even the brain and cause potential cellular damage and bioaccumulation.
Petroleum Distillates Or Solvents
You will find petroleum distillates in skin care products like mascara. Also appearing on the labels as Stoddard solvent or light liquid paraffin, petroleum distillates are pretty hazardous for your body. With exposure chances of developing an undifferentiated connective tissue disease increases. Regular contact also leads to pulmonary damage and chemical pneumonia. Sounds horrible, we know. Why not try and eliminate personal care products that contain petroleum distillates from your skin care routine? An easily achievable goal, we tell you!
Although petrolatum is FDA approved and often used in skin care products like moisturizers and lip balms, it is a potentially harmful for your skin and should not be made a part of your skin care routine. Used widely as a magic ingredient for dry skin, petrolatum does not actually have moisturizing properties. It just creates a barrier that helps retain moisture! What it also does is prevent the absorption of external moisture which causes skin suffocation and eventual drying out. It just gives a temporary illusion of soft and supple skin.
When it comes to skin care routine and alcohol, it is best to stick to a couple of glasses of red wine everyday rather than searching for skin care products that contain alcohol because we have got news people, alcohol is a harmful skin care ingredient. We are specifically talking about the ones that have the ‘drying’ effect. Regular use of products with this kind of alcohol will result in dry and flaky skin with a messed up skin renewal cycle. In conclusion, just stick to occasional alcohol consumption and throw away skin care products with alcohol as an ingredient.