No-one wants to have dull, blemished skin so in the respect many of us adopt some sort of skin care routine. Whether it is washing your face first thing in the morning followed by a moisturizer or however you do it, many are unaware of what is actually in their skin care products. Most of the ingredients are the whole alphabet long and too hard to pronounce. Many of the ingredients found in the more commercial skin care products are actually known to be harmful in addition to being cheap and ineffective.
Parabens (methyl, ethyl, etc) are preservatives that are found in almost every skin care product on the market. They have been linked to reproductive system damage in men as well as breast cancer in women. The skin care companies are completely aware of the danger potential in these ingredients yet still put them in their products simply because they are cheap, readily available and add a long shelf life to products. Avoid any skin care product containing Parabens and negate the risks all together.
Potassium Hydroxide is another harmful ingredient that is found not just in skin care products but in everything from leather tanners and drain cleaners. Also known as lye, Potassium Hydroxide is extremely corrosive and can be found in soaps and shampoos to control the pH of the skin. The trouble is that Potassium Hydroxide is known to cause severe burns and pain in some cases as well as blindness should it get into the eyes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES) are probably the two most dangerous ingredients on the skin care market. Used as foaming agents in pretty much everything from body wash to toothpastes SLS can cause a number of different complications. A known skin irritant, SLS can cause irritation, burning and peeling as well as introducing large numbers of carcinogenic nitrates into your body.
These are just a few of the harmful ingredients found in many skin care products across the globe. I know it seems scary but its the reality that is kept hidden behind long chemical names and clever marketing. There are lists of all the most common harmful ingredients in skin care product all over the internet, take a look at one and see what your putting into your body. Look for all natural products that say 100% Organic or All Natural so you know theyre safe.