What components should not be in the cosmetics that you use?
When it comes to cosmetics, it may seem that the list of ingredients to avoid is increasing every day. This is not entirely true, but it is definitely not worth ignoring the effect of individual active ingredients on skin health. A study by the EWG Environmental working group (an American environmental organization that specializes in toxic substances research) revealed that a woman uses about 168 different chemicals daily. Naturally, this does not go unnoticed — their effects accumulate over time, so it is important that only healthy products participate in your beauty routine.
The well-known cosmetic chemist Yashi Shrestha has built her career on covering topics related to toxic ingredients that do not benefit either our body or the planet. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the cheat sheet developed by her on the components that should be feared.
Universal balm Le Petit Remède, L’occitane
Despite decades of research that classifies formaldehyde as a known carcinogen, it is still a fairly common ingredient in hair straighteners, nail polishes, eyelash glue and a host of other cosmetics. But there’s a catch. While formaldehyde has already become “famous” for its toxicity, less well-known ingredients have appeared that are isolated as formaldehyde, but are still used in cosmetics. This literally means that we may not see the keyword “formaldehyde” on the label, because it is hidden behind a completely different name.
Night Face Mask Sleeping Mask, Beauty Treats, Sesderma
These are compounds that are often used to increase the durability of perfume, as well as to improve the “bonding qualities” of eyelash glue and nail polish. But it has already been proven that phthalates negatively affect the state of the endocrine system. In addition (although, you will agree, this is already a serious reason to abandon their use), they are also harmful to the environment.
Foam body scrub mousse, Crimean Natural Collection
They are classified as preservatives, which are contained in a huge number of cosmetics, despite the fact that there are studies confirming their negative effect on the hormonal background of a person. That’s why many “clean” brands have taken the initiative to label their products “paraben-free”. Nevertheless, according to EU and FDA regulations, parabens in their current form are officially considered safe to use, since they are involved in very low concentrations (up to about 0.4%) in cosmetic formulas. However, doctors believe that in this case it is better to be safe and refuse to use beauty products with parabens.
Moisturizing fluid for the face Vitamin C, Oblepikha C-Berrica, Natura Siberica
At first glance, it is completely harmless. But despite the “external” safety and even usefulness (of course!), you should not relax. Most often, mineral oil can be found in lip glosses, concealers, eye shadows, sunscreens and balms for washing. From the point of view of health and respect for the environment, it is quite dangerous. As a by-product of oil refining, mineral oil (which is also called paraffin) can contribute to the appearance of acne, cause allergic and toxic reactions, and carry carcinogenic impurities.
Lifting Végétal Night Face Cream, Yves Rocher
This antimicrobial ingredient (which is often found in hand sanitizers and antibacterial soap) in the minds of people is so associated with negative effects on the thyroid gland and reproductive hormones that in several countries it is already completely banned for use. Recently, the same decision was made in the USA, where it is now prohibited to include triclosan in the formula of antiseptic soap, but it can still be used as part of deodorants, mouthwashes, shaving creams and toothpaste.
Anti-aging Cream Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream, Evolve
Ethanolamines, which often “work” as emulsifiers in foundation tones, mascara and skin care products, are technically classified as safe for cosmetic use. However, it should be borne in mind that they are quite strong allergens. So people with sensitive skin should avoid products that contain monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA).
Regenerating face cream with beetroot extract, vegetable beauty
Yasha Shrest’s list is not a verdict. This is just a starting point for those who want to make their beauty routine cleaner and more environmentally friendly. In addition, this is a good reason to take a closer look at organic care products.
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