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Top 10 Ingredients You Want to Avoid in Skin Care

Skin care is our largest organ and what we put on it really matters.

There are some horrific toxic ingredients in skin care which is best to avoid at all cost.

I started paying attention to labels some time ago but I needed help what is toxic

and harmful to the body and what is OK.

So, here is the list what to look out for when you read the labels.

As a simple rule I was given and happily pass onto you: whatever ingredients on your

favourite product you cannot pronounce, don’t buy. There is a reason why it’s been

advertised so heavily, don’t you think?

Some of them you know already, some you may not. So let this help you to avoid

them and make the right choice.


The Top 10 Ingredients you want to avoid in Skin care are:


1. Parabens


You’ve heard of them I’m sure. They are undoubtably the most frequently used

preservatives in the beauty industry. You’ll sadly find them in any cream, lotion

or moisturiser you might pick. The reason for them being there is because they

prevent fungus, mould and parasites from growing in the products. The issue is

that they can be soaked up by your skin, and unfortunately, have often been found

in breast cancer lumps and tumors!


Research shows that skin care products are being the cause.

Given that, there is a rising worry that significant use of parabens may result in more

breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men. At this moment there have

not been definite studies showing exact evidence, in my humble opinion it should be

enough to make you feel concerned. If you think about it, why there is such a selection

of “paraben-free” products coming onto the market around the country.

Parabens can show up in various types, so here’s what you really want to zero in for:

  • benzylparaben
  • butyiparaben
  • propylparaben
  • methylparaben
  • ethylparaben
  • isobutylparaben


2. Phthalates


Remember what I said about hard to pronounce words? This one is one of them.

This substances is found in practically everything, inside you too! A research done

by the US Centers for Disease Control found a little amounts of it in every single

person they examined. This is a problem since phthalates – which are used in

beauty products and also in many plastic items – have been found to mess with

our hormone system which is linked to reproductive issues, insulin resistance

and also developing issues in kids.

The big challenge here is: phthalates aren’t typically noted on the label of your

popular item, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to figure out if they are there.

The clue is:

They’re often listed in anything that misleadingly points out to “fragrance” as

an ingredient. My advice would be – choose products that are scented with

essential oils instead to be on the save side.



3. Benzoyl Peroxide


Over the last years, the popularity of products which get rid of your pimples

has increased astronomically. Benzoyl peroxide is accountable for this.

However, you need to be aware about using it. The reason is because

it’s been related to tumor growth. Shocking, isn’t it?

Past that, it generates harmful effects in the body just by you breathing

it in. Most people reported that it irritates skin, eye and the respiratory

system. And this is not all! It’s extremely dangerouds if you swallow it.



4. Triclosan


Technically a chemical used in agriculture (pesticide sort of thing) –

according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Triclosan is a prominent ingredient in nearly every product declaring

anti-bacterial properties. It is well effective at killing bacteria, and actually

that’s the problem! Not all bacteria are bad for you. Some specialists claim

that this chemical could give rise to “superbugs” – harmful bacteria resistan

t to antibiotics.

Wait, there is more! triclosan has been proven to disrupt your hormones

and thyroid. What is more, it’s devastating for the environment- which is

something I’m passionate about.

Let’s go back to basics! Water and natural hand soap will do the job very well.


5. Resorcinol


Do you use bleach regularly? Pay attention!

Did you know that resorcinol – a very popular ingredient in bleaches – is

restricted in federal government buildings, yet is openly used in so many

hair colour products? Does it sound a bit strange to you? Yeah…

Resorcinol is a well-known skin irritant that acts to disrupt healthy thyroid

function in animals according to studies. Another thing, many women are

bothered by a dye allergy. There are many hairdressers who chose

environmentally friendly products and also not as harmful to your health.


6. Hydroquinone


This chemical is used as a skin lightener that minimizes dark blemishes

and acne triggered by little things from medical responses to bruising.

Amazing when something on the market can do that, right? But be

careful here! There is always a price to be paid.

Hydroquinone lowers the melanin in your skin to eliminate those

unattractive marks, but in doing so, it harms your skin. To start of

with, it’s permanently changes your pigmentation, weakening the

elastin and collagen in the treated area – the things that are key to

keeping your skin firm and youthful! Some people get unpleasant

spots after using hydroquinone, and many more get contact dermatitis

or have allergic reactions after repeated use. Taking all these issues

caused by it one wonders why this ingredient is still used so much,

right? Of course, like any of the above it is a carcinogen. If you like

your body, it’s not worth using it. I’d suggest you might look into

your diet and how much you drink to improve the look of your skin.


7. Petroleum


Just like in the previous cases this one is in so many beauty

and cosmetic products, it’s unbelievable. In case you’re asking

yourself if this is the same compound your motor oil is made of,

you are right!

It is camoflashed behind many names that you need to know.

Here they are:

  • Petrolatum
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • Mineral oil
  • Liquid paraffin

The World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection

Agency has listed this one as a probable carcinogen due to its 1,4-

Dioxane. You can find a lot of information out there on petroleum

by-products and the questionable safety.

How many women do you know that could get cancer from their

moisturizer? Does yours have this substance?


8. Methylisothiazolinone


Known as MIT for short, methylisothiazolinone. Frightening

how long this name is, isn’t it? Is an increasingly common anti-bacterial

preservative in products such as baby shampoo, cream, moisturizer…

If you are a mummy, you want to know this one!

Studies have shown that it contains neurotoxic properties that actually

should be of great concern to all of us.

Check this one out:

Researching rats, a mere 10 minutes of direct

exposure to MIT was enough to triger brain cell damage. More research

revealed that low concentrations of MIT during neural development

increased the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. The Environmental

Working Group has officially classified it as a skin sensitizer and irritant.

The catch here is that the skin care companies try to tool us consumers

that MIT is used in very small amounts, usually in products that are meant

to be rinsed off, and therefore, reducing your exposure to the chemical.

Gosh! Why when it’s so toxic to human health companies still use this

ingredient in the 21st century? Knowing this information, would you

willingly put it on your head?


9. Oxybenzone


Using sunscreen?

Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen

products Boots and other shops. Why is this one so bad? This

chemical has been connected to skin allergies and irritation,

hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.

This is terrifying. A study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease

Control found that oxybenzone is present in the urine of 97% of Americans.

I don’t think the score would be much lower here in the UK.

Can you images how much of it we been exposed to to be showing

so much? …and how we are already affected? You can still make the

right choice and not adding to it by switching a brand that has no

oxybenzone at all!


10. Synthetic Dyes and artificial Colours


Whether you’re putting on a hot hot red lipstick, a traditional rouge to

make those cheekbones stand out, or rebellious black nail polish, if you

shop for these in any standard shop like Boots, Savers, Poundland,

chances are they are equally harmful as they are wonderful.

Many of the products are most likely made with synthetic colors that

are made from coal tar. Want to look beautiful? These harsh artificial

colors have been shown in studies to be carcinogenic and are likely to

cause skin sensitivity and irritation due to the heavy metals when

absorbed into your skin when you use them.

Check your cosmetic bag and if you have any products that were made

with synthetic colors, throw them in the bin and don’t buy any more!

Luckily, it’s relatively easy to find out whether your lipstick is real or

not: just check the ingredients, and if you see anything listed beginning

with FD&C or D&C, you know it’s a big no, no.

Next time you go through the mall and a representative wants to show

you the next lipstick colour that is in fashion, thank them and either go

online or pop to the nearest organic shop to get your beauty item there.

The market in this area has grown so the choice is now pretty big.


Don’t know where to go and how to choose your organic range?

If you want to discover marine organic skin care, I’m giving out free samples.

All you need is to cover the postage.

Contact me today so you can start using it in the next a few days.

Special offer till 6th October. Contact me for a catalogue with details.


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