How sure are you about the skin care products you use? Are you absolutely certain they do not contain ingredients that can harm your body? The most common skin care product that many people especially women have are body lotions. Body lotions are skin moisturisers. They help keep the skin soft and vibrant. But is your body lotion also loaded with harmful chemicals?
The Food and Drug Administration mandates all skin care companies to list down the ingredients used in their products with a hierarchy order of listing first those that have the highest concentration. Do you even read the labels of the skin care products that you use such as your body lotion?
Here is a list of harmful ingredients that some skin care products contain.
Harmful Ingredients in Skin Care Products
- Parabens – Parabens are popularly used by cosmetic companies and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives in their products. Parabens are also known as Methylyparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben and Butylparaben. The bad news about parabens is that this group of chemicals have been linked to possible carcinogenicity or simply put these chemicals can be possibly cancerous. Continuous exposure to parabens can also lead to estrogenic effect.It has already been reported by the EPA or US Environmental Protection Agency that in their tests parabens displayed estrogenic activity. Now why should you be concerned with this finding? Estrogen actually stimulates breast cancer and this is an accepted fact in the medical society. Did you also know that absorption of chemicals through the skin is 10 times the concentration of that taken orally?
You may be thinking that this is an exaggeration but this is the truth. You may want to believe that parabens are safe to use but many studies have been conducted to check if continuous and repeated exposure to parabens is safe but there are no results that back this up. Parabens are added in skin care products and many other personal products so that its shelf life is prolonged. Your skin care products may be able to outlast you after all as the chemicals prolonging their shelf life is killing you. Check your lotion, body wash, cleansers etc for parabens.
- Phthalates – You should see to it that this ingredient is not found in the skin care product that you use. Phthalates is a toxic ingredient found in many skin care products. DBP (Dibutylphthalate), DEP (diethylphthalate )and butyl ester are used so that lotions are absorbed better into the skin. DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is already classified by the EPA as a probably human carcinogen. This simply means that this chemical can cause cancer.
To avoid exposure to these harmful chemicals it is best that you use organic skin care products. Organic skin care products are naturally from Mother Nature’s treasure chest and are free from these harmful chemicals. A great all natural skin care product is the Argan oil. Argan oil is packed with antioxidants, phenols, unsaturated essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Squalene. These nutrients are all essential to the skin’s development, repair and replenishment.