While it’s extremely important to take care of your skin, be on the lookout for these substances, as they can affect not just your skin, but your whole body. Look for these specific materials inside the basic products and stay away from their. These harmful substances include:
Both natural and synthetic fragrances can irritate your skin. Fragrances are one of the main causes of contact dermatitis, a skin condition in which your skin becomes red and inflamed after coming into contact with an irritant.
Artificial fragrances are made up of a combination of chemicals that can irritate your skin, such as solvents and preservatives. Due to the volatility of the chemicals used to produce them, they are even known to induce skin disorders including eczema and psoriasis.
Preservatives like parabens are used in skin care products to make them stay on longer. The use of parabens in cosmetics is completely safe and poses no serious health risks. However, it can easily pass through your skin and enter your body. They can cause problems because they stay in your body’s tissues and fluids. By functioning in the same way as estrogen, a vital hormone for female reproductive health, parabens can also disrupt hormone production.
In skincare, formaldehyde is frequently used as a preservative. It is a colorless gas that is used to prevent bacteria from growing and growing. Nail polishes, hair straightening treatments, hair gels, nail hardeners, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, and makeup all contain formaldehyde. It is linked to developmental toxins, hair loss, scalp burns, asthma, and neurotoxicity, among others. Formaldehyde can cause dizziness and unconsciousness when inhaled.
Diethyl phthalate is the most common form of phthalate found in skin care products (DEP). DEP aids in the penetration and absorption of skincare products like our moisturizers and creams. DEP is used to help fragrance persist for long hours in various products. According to the FDA, even at the highest levels, phthalates found in skin care products pose no substantial health hazard. Phthalates, on the other hand, are known endocrine disruptors. This means that they can interfere with the regular functions of our hormones in our body.
Vaseline is an ideal softening agent for dry skin. Vaseline is found in lip balms and moisturizers. It provides a barrier that prevents water from escaping while preventing moisture from the air from being absorbed. Your skin will eventually dry out, which is why you’ll be inclined to reapply your lip balm.
Pay attention to these ingredients the next time you go shopping. The habit of reading the ingredients before buying a product will certainly save you a trip to the doctor!
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