With all the choices in skin and facial cleaners out there its pretty overwhelming to read those ridiculous labels and to know what to look out for. We are going to take a look at 5 particular ingredients that you should stay away from, most of which you wont even know how to pronounce!
Through out the day our skin comes in contact with all kinds of dirt and pollutants that mix with the oils in our skin, which can become stuck unless we wash them away! Many of the products on the shelves these days contain chemicals that strip away the natural oils that our skin produces, leaving our skin tight and dehydrated.
5 Ingredients to avoid in your cleansers:
1. Alcohol - Your cleansers should not have a drying effect on your skin so products containing alcohol are a big no-no! Alcohol strips the skin of its natural oils and leads to a loss of water in the skin’s upper layer. This means that the skin becomes effectively dehydrated and might start to show fine lines easier. Alcohol also aids in skin cell death when applied to skin. You are actually killing off healthy skin, which is never good!
2. Triclosan - This chemical may sounds familiar as it was in the news not too long ago when the FDA challenged cosmetic companies to show the benefit of the chemical in makeup. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and is frequently used in cleansers. It has very effective long-lasting antibacterial properties which means that it is used in many different products – cleansers, washes, deodorants, lotions, shaving gels, anti-acne products, toothpaste and hand sanitizing gel are but a few of the products which contain triclosan. Many studies have shown that triclosan’s strong antibacterial properties could eventually lead to microorganisms building up resistance if it is used in so many different products on such a regular basis. Scientists have also found it breaks down very slowly. It was found in sediment that was over 30 years old which means that it persists in the environment. It doesn’t end there though – there are also health concerns about triclosan. It penetrates the skin and can enter the blood stream.
3. Soap – Seen on labels as Sodium Hydroxide, despite it being one of the most commonplace cosmetics, you should avoid using soap in your cleanser. Soap is alkaline while our skin is acidic. Applying alkaline skincare products to healthy skin over a prolonged period has been found to lead an increase in water loss through the skin together with a decrease in cell turnover (i.e. shedding dead skin cells). One study found that skin, which had endured alkaline products over a longer period, was also a lot more sensitive to external stresses and sensitizing skincare ingredients.
4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – everyone has heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate but do you actually know what it does? This ingredient, often referred to as ‘SLS’, is a powerful foaming agent and detergent which is why it is so frequently used in personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, hand soap, shaving cream, body washes, conditioners and bath foams. You will also find it in foaming cleansers where it is used because it easily cuts through grease. If you have oily skin, you might be tempted to use a cleansing agent such as SLS because of the nice clean feeling you experience immediately afterwards. However, over-cleansing stimulates our skin’s natural sebum production, which will actually lead to more oil production.
5. Isopropyl Palmitate or Isopropyl Myristate – these two ingredients are frequently used in cleansers for their moisturizing and skin softening properties. Isopropyl alcohol is synthesized with palmitic acid (derived from palm oil) or myristic acid to produce isopropyl palmitate and isopropyl myristate respectively. These two compounds reduce the greasiness of many cosmetic products and work as a penetration enhancer which means that they help other active ingredients get deeper into your skin.
Both chemicals have a very low viscosity – imagine a thick gloopy substance that doesn’t like being diluted. This is possibly part of the problem as both chemicals are said to cause an increase in blackheads and whiteheads.
All in all these 5 ingredients are harmful to skin and can cause damage over time!
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