Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare

The Myth About Organic Skin Care

 I see it all the time. “Organic” written on the label. So, if it is organic is must be good….right? WRONG!

Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare - Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netLet me share a quick story that may even have you nodding your head because you have experienced this. Or perhaps you haven’t and if that is the case, you may be shocked to learn this.

I walk into my local liquor store; and being someone who does not drink often, I do not know the layout of the store so I say to the assistant that I want to buy a bottle of preservative free wine and ask if they can steer me in the right direction. Commonly, the response I get is “yes, we have an organic section here”. My point; even shop assistants have no idea that organic does not mean preservative free and therefore they are actually not providing the correct advice to their customers.

I really have never understood why a wine maker would pay the high price for the organic certification only to go and put sulphites (preservative 220 to 223) in their carefully crafted wine. Many consumers who choose to buy organic do so because they want a clean product.

So, don’t be fooled by the organic label. The same lack of ‘clean’ product also applies to skin care, but not the skin care range I am recommending here. I am going to share with you what I consider to be the best skin care products for women and ingredients to avoid in skincare.

 Chemical Cocktail or Anti-aging; Check your products.

natural organic skin care

There is a range that I use and love created by Annmarie. It is award winning, is natural – in the true sense of the word, organic and wild-crafted. It really doesn’t get much better than that for beautiful, youthful skin. This is not the case with all skin care products out there though, so it is worth knowing what ingredients to avoid in skincare; what you are feeding your skin and thus your appearance.

 I see it all the time in my local organic store; the word “Natural” blazoned across products with clean, green looking packaging to catch your eye. Is it natural? Is it clean? Has the packaging been designed to protect the ingredients or is it just a marketing ploy to get you to buy? Just because something is natural does not mean you should use it.

The other concern is that many labels use “derived from natural ingredients” that are not good ingredients to be applying to your skin. Skin care manufacturers can hide chemicals without having to list them on the product ingredient list if the chemical amount is under a certain quantity therefore making it hard to know if your product is truly natural and truly ‘clean’.

The other thing that disturbs me is how some skin care, body care and cosmetic manufacturers state “not tested on animals” or “only tested on humans” like that somehow lets them off the hook. The concern is that if they DID test their products on animals then they would find the chemicals they have added may just have negative side effects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m against animal testing but I’m also against chemicals in skincare.

Top 15 Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care:

    1. Isopropyl alcohol
    2. sulfates ( sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)
    3. mineral oil – blocks the pores
    4. Tetrasodium EDTA, a preservative made from Formaldehyde
    5. Chlorphenesin
    6. Parabens – linked to breast cancer
    7. Sodium Benzoate
    8. FD&C Colors
    9. Alcohols
    10. aqueous extracts
    11. PEG – Polyethylene Glycol
    12. Diazolidinyl Urea – used as a preservative and is a formaldehyde releaser
    13. Perfumes and fragrances
    14. Paraffin
    15. Toluene – causes many health problems

These are just some common, but toxic ingredients to avoid in skincare, but the list is more extensive. Rather than having to remember what ingredients to avoid in skincare, you can buy a skin care range that keeps it simple, ethical, natural, organic and pure. Annmarie’s skin care range has carefully selected ingredients that are combined to suit your skin type. You can feel confident that her research has produced a superior product that you will love.Anatomy Of The Skin

About Skin:

    • has an important role in the production of Vitamin D
    • provides a form of protection
    • helps to prevent water loss
    • insulates us
    • regulates temperature
    • provides sensation
    • holds us together.

Yes, your body will work hard to process any chemicals you put on it but do you really want your skin cells to be focusing on removing chemicals or producing healthy, vibrant, youthful looking skin? I know what I would rather do. I want to give my body the best so that it can give me the best in return!

If you want to get really technical, you can find out more about skin here.

Are there any ingredients you avoid in skincare because they give you problems? Please leave a comment below and let others know.

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I’m no medical expert and information contained on this blog is written with the aim of furthering your education on health and raw food. It is your responsibility as to how you use this information and I cannot be held liable for any misinterpretation or misuse of the information provided.

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