Let’s face it, people will understandably spend any amount of money to make themselves look better or younger. Cosmetic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry and so is the topical skin care industry.
It’s simply a law of economics that the more the demand for such products skyrockets, the more product that manufacturers will flood onto the marketplace to capitalize on this demand. But this doesn’t mean that their products work well.
A lot of these products are rushed to market to meet this demand without any real consideration of research and development. All of the money goes into the marketing of the product. On the surface everything looks great. The bottles and jars that the creams come in look appealing. The magazine advertisements are glossy, complete with a youthful looking model or a well known celebrity who doesn’t even use the products.
You can’t really blame these companies. When you’re spending a fortune paying for marketing, whether it be on the product containers, magazine, radio, and TV ads, royalties paid to celebrities and models, you have to charge a lot of money for your products or you’re going to lose money.
On the other hand, this doesn’t mean you and I have to fall for this type of marketing. After all, these companies aren’t going to encounter any shortage of people who will open their wallets and purses to purchase their products anytime soon. The reality is most people simply won’t take any time to research products and understand what ingredients work and what ingredients are actually bad for your skin!
It seems incredible, but many skin care products are loaded with ingredients that actually harm your skin over time. Here are a few ingredients found in leading brands of skin care that harm your skin instead of providing healthy skin.
Mineral oil. We have seen this oil used in literally hundreds of products we’ve looked at. Mineral oil may also go by the names liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, and petrolatum on the product label. Mineral oil is used so pervasively in skin care products for one reason, it’s cheap!
However, mineral oil, once applied, prevents the skin from “breathing.” It clogs pores, interferes with your skin’s natural ability to eliminate toxins, and can lead to acne flare ups. Also it is irritating to the skin and if used for any length of time your skin can become dependent on it, causing chapping and dryness. Lastly, it can lead to premature aging of the skin. It’s amazing this substance is even allowed in so-called “skin care” products at all.
Dioxane. A synthetic derivative of coconut. This substance is widely used in skincare products. It often contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, which is readily absorbed through the skin. We know this sounds crazy, but 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. To think people pay money to put this stuff on their skin unknowingly is downright scary.
Fragrances. Who doesn’t like to smell nice? Well, I’m here to tell you that if you want to smell nice, use a little bit of perfume or cologne….or a little bodyspray. Your skin care products should not contain fragrances, but if they do choose natural products that contain fragrant oils. Many fragrances are produced from ingredients that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.
Remember that your skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything you put on it can be easily absorbed into your body through the pores.
Now, why would we recommend you use perfume or cologne as a fragrance but to choose a skin care product without them?
The reason is simple. When you use skin care products, they are applied all over the face, neck, and body. This covers a lot of surface area and, therefore, a great deal of chemical absorption occurs.
Now, we’re sure that many colognes and perfumes contain less than desirable substances too, but we’re enough of a realist to know that people aren’t going to stop using these products any time soon. However, with perfumes and colognes, you achieve what you want by a small dab here and there.
This is much better than using skin care products that also contain potentially dangerous fragrance chemicals that are directly applied and massaged into the skin over a large part of your body.
Parabens. Methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben. Many skin care products (and moisturizing products) will use parabens as a preservative so their products have a long shelf life. The reason is purely economical. However, studies suggest that parabens may cause cancer and interfere with the body’s endocrine system, as well as causing allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Alcohols. Ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol. Not all alcohols have the same properties, but these, which are commonly found in skin care products, are very drying and irritating for the skin. Alcohols such as these strip away the skin’s natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses.
It may actually sound a little scary, to think about all the products that actually hurt our skin. This was part of the reason I decided to research all natural, all organic skin care products. I began to ask myself, what do people use who don’t have different department stores to run too to for skin care products? Of course, your diet has a lot to do with how healthy your skin is. Consuming all natural foods, fruits, vegetables, and proteins aid in beautiful healthy skin as well, but there are several natural ingredients found in Mother Nature that people have been using for years. My goal is to educate my clients on the great benefits of all natural soaps and cleansers that do not contain any of these ingredients, but work just as well on your skin face and body when applied daily.
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