Ingredients in cosmetics you should know about

Natural Cosmetics

The list of ingredients in your cosmetics products may seem long and hard to read. 

Let me introduce you to the most controversial ingredients, those that many skincare brands are starting to remove from their formulas. 

A healthy lifestyle is not only a healthy diet. We are consuming better food to be more healthy, energetic and happy. Why shouldn’t we care the same for our skin? We can do this by learning more about the ingredients found on the cosmetic creams that we use every day on our skin.

The following information can help you to balance and improve your skin appearance and is especially important if your skin is sensitive. 

CHECK FOR THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS ON YOUR COSMETICS 

  • Preservatives
  • Mineral oil
  • Synthetic colours
  • Fragrance 
  • Silicone

Preservatives

Preservatives are essential, they extend the shelf-life of the products and help to keep them free from bacteria.

Natural and organic brands use approved preservatives for natural products. They are less likely to cause side effects.

Most natural brands website will specify the preservatives that they are using.

Find Information about the ingredients in your cosmetic on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Parabens

Check the ingredient list for PARABENS, a group of Preservatives that you can find at the end of the ingredient list. 

Parabens may cause skin reactions to those with inflamed skin, and some studies linked them affecting the endocrine system. [1,2,3]

I recommend avoiding cosmetic creams with parabens.

Mineral oil 

Mineral oil is a transparent and odourless oil that’s made from petroleum. This oil has no nutrients. It stays on top of the skin prevents moisture loss. Unlike petroleum-based mineral oils, plant-based oils are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that support and help the skin feel really soft and well moisturized.

Silicones (siloxanes)

Silicones create a barrier on top of your skin.

This barrier prevents additional moisture from getting in, dehydrating your pores and trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells along with it! 

Check the label for “silicone-free” or scan the ingredients for anything that ends in –cone or -siloxane, this means silicone.

Instead of mineral oil and siloxane, I recommend using natural plant-based oils like coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.

Synthetic colours

Many of the artificial colours are made by using coal tar, petroleum and contaminated with heavy metals salts like arsenic and lead

This increase the risk of irritation, blocked pores, breakouts and sensitivity.

In nature, you can find natural pigments that used to colour cosmetics, like carrot oil, beet extract and henna

Natural minerals like Mica (a group of silicate minerals) which can be ground down into a sparkling powder for use in beauty products. 

These are safe to use on almost all skin type. [4] 

Another note about Mica is to be sure to buy the products from a good quality brand that is transparent about the traceability of its supply chain for a sustainable mica.

Artificial Fragrance/Parfums

Manufacturers aren’t required to reveal their fragrances, you will see the ingredient- ‘Fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’  that could actually be a mixture of chemicals that may lead to health risks.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural extracts of plants and some of them can be beneficial for the skin. For example, essential oils such as lemongrass, thyme, cinnamon, and tea tree oils are known traditionally to be helpful for acne-prone skin.

If you have sensitive skin, choose unscented skincare. 

I hope you find this information useful, on my next post I will share with you my favourite options for natural skincare. 

Share with me what is your skincare routine?  Are you interested to know about a specific natural ingredient?

Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5618656/
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691502002041
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24305662
  4. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/703949-MICA
  5. https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2007/12/ask-ewg-what-fragrance

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