• 5 bad ingredients in cosmetics

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    …and 5 reasons to reconsider them.

    bad ingredients in cosmeticsThese are ingredients we don’t like but we’re not always fully aware of both positive and negative aspects. These are the pros and cons anyone should consider before trying out a product:

    Alcohol
    It probably has the worst reputation in skincare. But is it that bad? While it is indeed too harsh for dry skin and may cause irritation especially on sensitive skin, alcohol can help remove excess sebum from oily and acne prone skin. Ingredients like Isopropyl Alcohol are strong cleansing agents and act as astringents on enlarged pores. If your skin is too oily, an alcohol-based toner can help.

    Petrolatum
    It is mineral oil and a hydrator that acts mostly as an occlusive agent on top of the skin preventing moisture loss from the inside out. While it can improve hydration levels, it can also harm oily skin by clogging pores – while it prevents water loss from the pores, at the same time it doesn’t allow skin to eliminate sebum and sweat properly. Not indicated for problem skin, however it still is a natural ingredient, hypoallergenic and efficient in treating skin dehydration.

    Fragrance
    The “fragrance-free” craze is still on. But is it always justified? In most cases, fragrance is the number one cause of skin allergies and cosmetic reactions. Natural or artificial, fragrance can harm sensitive and problem-skin . Essential-oils are just a disguise for fragrance – so you if you have allergies, avoid any type of fragrance that can trigger a reaction.
    Many people still like a nice fragrance in a face cream, cleanser or treatment. Psychologically people tend to prefer the good smell of something they have to use or wear every day. While it should be not problem for normal and healthy skin, it is best to limit the amount of fragranced products you’re using every day – consider soaps, cleansers, creams, shower gels and shampoos as well!

    Oils
    You name it, if it says ‘oil’ on the label – you back off. And yet, are all oils harmful? The greasy texture is not pleasant and certainly not ideal for most skin types, and the comedogenicity potential of most oils is enough to make you avoid them altogether. Yet dry, aging skin can benefit from many of these oils. They are nourishing emollients rich in Vitamin E and possess great water-binding properties. Besides, not all oils make your skin greasy; some oils penetrate deep into the skin to moisturize intensively and they are non-comedogenic. Count on safflower oil, avocado oil and sunflower oil. Plant based oils also benefit from a high content of fatty acids that have regenerating and healing properties on the skin.

    Preservatives
    Mostly considered allergens and blamed for other health problems as well, preservatives are just a “necessary evil” in cosmetic products. The truth is we need preservatives like Parabens in skincare products in order to ensure the freshness and quality of the ingredients and also to keep bacteria away. Preservatives can affect sensitive skin and trigger allergic reactions but no direct link to health issues has been established for Parabens yet. The CIR Expert Panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel) reviewed Parabens and considered them to be safe as cosmetic ingredients as long as the imposed standard concentrations are used by all manufacturers.

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