Are your skin care ingredients giving you cancer? The Good, Bad, and Ugly of skin care ingredients.
Skin Care 101.2 Are your skin care ingredients giving you cancer? The Good, Bad, and Ugly of skin care ingredients.
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Welcome to Day 2 of the Skin Care 101 Blog Series. We talked the other day about Types. Tips. and a little terminology. Today we are going to dive into Ingredients and why they matter. If you were to go into your bathroom and pick up your current bottle of facial cleanser I bet there is a lot of stuff in their you can’t even pronounce. 99% of it is chemicals, hardly any of it is derived from natural sources. Maybe you’ve wondered what on Earth is blah blah blah… You’re not alone. So today I wanted to talk about what ingredients you should be saying YES to and which ones should be a VERY firm HECK NO!
First of all let’s call skin care what it is… It’s pampering. You could easily just wash your face with the same soap you use on your body (I know somebody out there is doing this) and go about your day. So why shouldn’t we? 1 – perfumes, dyes, other nasty ingredients can age your skin or even cause breakouts. We choose to pamper our faces. It’s what the world sees and we want to put our best face forward(pun intended). Pampering should be pleasant and it should yield great results. I know that body wash smells good but it probably isn’t doing much for your skin.
Top 3 YES’s in Skin Care
- Ingredients derived from natural sources and full of the vitamins, minerals, and emollients your skin craves.
- Ingredients loaded with essential oils. Not only are essential oils extremely beneficial they smell great.
- If you are not vegan you should only use the safest animal by products, such as goat’s milk, honey, beeswax, and yogurt.
6 Hard NO’s
You can say yes to all the pampering in the world, because you totally deserve it, but we have to draw the line on these ingredients. If you buy your facial products from the drug store or big box store, I’m sorry to tell you but more than likely at least one of these products is an active ingredient in your personal favorite. So who are these pesky criminals? Well it’s the usual suspects.
- Petroleum – It’s not sealing in moisture, it is essentially suffocating your skin and drying out your pores. Yeah the total opposite of what you were trying to accomplish.
- Tallow – Or sodium tallowate to be exact. What is that you wonder? Well it’s basically rendered beef fat. Yes, your essentially cleaning your body with a burger. HARD NO!
- Parabens or Paraffins – yeah I know paraffin treatments were all the rage and still done today but the thing about paraffins is actually the waste of petroleum refining. So yeah – nope. Parabens have an up and down history with the beauty industry, first it was thought to be carcinogenic, then they changed their minds, but parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors so let’s just stay a way from this chemical for safety.
- Sulfates (SLES or SLS) While not all sulfates are created equal – SLES and SLS are believed to be carcinogenic so let’s give them 50 feet.
- Lanolin – I remember seeing this all over the beauty industry as a kid. Actually kid is pretty close to what lanolin is. It is a by product of sheep’s wool. (OK not a kid but pretty close) Exposure to insecticide is just one problem with lanolin, it can also be harmful to infants, especially those that are breastfed.
- Phthalates: Also believed to be carcinogenic.
Ingredients to Use
Apricot Kernel Oil: It’s full of plant based fatty acids and vitamins A and E.It moisturizes and absorbs into the skin easily. Fun Fact – the fat in an apricot is very similar to fat in our skin.
Coconut – Coconut extract hydrates and conditions hair, skin, and scalp with vitamin E and C. Coconut Oil (my holy grail oil from head to toe) hydrates the skin and can do wonders for your frizzy hair. While Coconut shell is an amazing exfoliant for all skin types.
Avocado – Yep Avocado. Avocado oil contains fatty acids which can help soften the skin. It also has humectant properties, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin.
Beeswax – Not vegan – beeswax also works as a humectant, drawing moisture to the surface of your skin, but also as an occlusive. creating a barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture.
Quinoa – Quinoa is full of amino acids – types of proteins that promote stronger looking hair and supple skin.
Clay – Super absorbent yet gentle, clay is a great option for soaking up excess oil, removing impurities, and whisking away dirt and oil. away from the pores for a deep clean while soothing the skin.
Cocoa Butter – Yes, Old Faithful, Cocoa Butter has long been used as a moisturizer but it also has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all naturally based beauty ingredients.
Argan Oil – Kind of a new kid on the block, argan oil is high in Vitamin E & fatty acids. It’s great for moisture and extremely soothing.
Coffee – The caffeine in coffee is a must for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite, and puffiness.
Sugar – Not only is it a humectant but it’s a great exfoliant.
Honey – Honey is a super ingredient that works as a humectant. It also is loaded with naturally occurring nutrients like sugars, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Thank you bees!
There are a lot more – but we’ll talk about those another time. I honestly feel each ingredient deserves it’s on post to highlight the benefits of it. I’m doing a disservice by just making brief points. So that’s the basics on ingredients, but you know what basics are great! Especially when your basics are so amazing they are not so basic. Think about your little black dress… that’s never going out of style. You’ll go back to it again and again because it’s a classic and it still works. Your skin care regimen should be the same way. You just need to make sure your basics have the right ingredients.
See You Friday where we’ll talk about Picking the right regimen for your skin type.