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Skincare is essential to every woman's life, especially in today's world. As most women lead busy, hectic lives, skincare usually takes the backseat, among other things. Hence, women globally tend to look up to products that can ease their worries, ones that are healthy for them and promote natural skincare.
But unfortunately, we as consumers may not have proper product knowledge. We may not realize that all our beauty and skin care products should be toxin-free, chemical free, and non-comedogenic.
So, in the interest of safeguarding not only your beautiful skin but your health, too, we have penned down these five things to watch out for in your beauty and personal care products.
1. Sulphates and Parabens
Sulphates are good at getting rid of excessive oil from your hair, but experts say that you should stay far away from them if you suffer from sensitive skin. Sulphates in skincare and haircare can cause severe irritation in the eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs.
Parabens, on the other hand, are preservatives generally used in food, pharmaceutical, and hygiene products to help increase their shelf life. Parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and increase the risk of cancer.
Women typically overlook the ingredients mentioned in the product package and end up having issues with not just their skin and hair. One should always look for chemical-free products like natural face and body wash, sulphate and paraben-free shampoo, and natural conditioners.
Did you know that silicone is derived from silica, which is the main component of sand?
Even though it is found in many beauty products, it is not a natural skincare ingredient. It needs extensive chemical processing to be used in skincare items. Because it gives a smooth, sleek texture with a plump filmy coating, people assume it is good.
Silicones do not rinse off thoroughly when washed off from the face. They create a barrier for the pores on your skin and even your hair, blocking away oil and dirt, resulting in breakouts and acne. Silicones, when washed down the bathroom drain, end up in oceans and rivers, making them harmful to our ecosystem.
Instead, using a facewash with natural ingredients and a silicone-free shampoo is better.
Mica is found in gemstones on earth. It is a powdered ingredient used in cosmetics, which gives a gold-like shimmery shine after use.
Mica may be a significant component of your highlighter-but studies have shown mica to cause cancer in humans and animals; if a considerable amount of mica dust is inhaled, it can be the culprit behind pulmonary fibrosis!
So, even though you might love the shine it produces, you must look for mica-free products to safeguard yourself against its dangerous side effects.
4. Palm oil
Palm oil is widely used as a cleanser in soaps. Most companies even market their soaps, saying it contains palm oil as a vital ingredient, but not many know how it is processed. Palm oil processing creates oleic fatty alcohols, which are further processed to make a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a common ingredient in most detergents and laundry powders.
These are harsh chemicals that, if used on your skin, can make it lose its natural oils, leading to dehydrated skin. Hence, women experiencing frequent breakouts and pores face more trouble using products with palm oil as an ingredient. Instead, consider using a natural body wash with no palm oil.
Phthalates are derived from phthalic acid. Most manufacturers use other acronyms on their packaging or place them in generic tags like perfumes or fragrances. Phthalates are used not only in cosmetics but also in food packaging, waterproof clothing, PVC pipes, upholstery, vinyl flooring, and plastic toys.
But of all the chemicals we have discussed thus far, phthalates are perhaps the most harmful. Studies show that phthalate exposure can have endocrine disrupting effects, which affect the hormonal balance in your body and directly impact both men’s and women's respiratory and reproductive systems. It leads to an increased risk of miscarriages and obesity among children and can even trigger asthma!
One should always look for beauty and personal hygiene products with no nasties. Ingredients like these have not just a long-term effect on women's hair and skin but have even more adverse effects on our bodies, causing innumerable diseases.
Just as we look for good quality vegetables and fruits in the market, we should be more careful with our personal care products. Products that are mica-free, phthalate-free, and sulphate-free and contain no silicone, no palm oil, or are chemical-free and toxin-free should always be your choice to stay far away from the hazards of such chemicals.