Do you think twice before slathering anything onto your skin? Well, if you don't then you must. Because 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream.
The rule is simple – if you can not eat it, do not use it for anything!
Having said that, imagine what harsh chemicals would do the delicate, soft skin of your babies, which is almost 25% thinner than you own skin.
Many skincare products for children and adults are armed with chemicals difficult to pronounce, let alone understand. Your creams, lipsticks, toothpastes, gels, serums, cleansers, vaporubs, powders, nail polishes, moisturizers, diaper rash creams, makeup removing lotions, etc may deliver the effect as promised in the short term, but in the long run they are likely to deliver dangerous toxins that penetrate and age your skin.
Yes. That is a fact.
A chemical-based product and a natural product, both can be very similar in the way they feel and their outcomes. So which product range do you choose?Here is a list of some chemicals you need to keep an eye out for:
Parabens – These are preservatives found in deodorants, cosmetics, shampoos, moisturisers, and toothpaste. They mimic estrogen and lead to hormone imbalance, infertility or slowed growth and developmental disorders, especially in children.
Mineral Oil & Liquid Paraffin – These are by-product of petroleum that can affect the skin’s natural function and clog pores. Mineral oil can be found in lipsticks, lubricants, baby lotions and oils.
Formaldehyde - Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.
Triclosan – These are found in antibacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizers, deodorants, skin cleansers and toothpaste. It harms your thyroid and reproductive hormones.
Sodium Laurel / Laureth Sulphate (SLS) – These are foaming agents used in shampoos, shower gels, soaps and toothpaste. They are known skin irritants and can cause allergic reactions.
Phlathlates - These are often used in everything from skincare and cosmetics to deodorants and hair products. They are used as a plasticiser making the material more pliable and flexible.
Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) - These chemicals are made from the same chemical as anti-freeze and are easily absorbed by the skin. They are found in shampoos, conditioners, skincare, laundry detergents and household cleaners.
Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) - These chemicals are used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilisers and to adjust the pH of cosmetics. They can cause eye, skin or allergic reactions.
Synthetic Fragrances and Colours - Fragrance refers to a combination of ingredients which are used to make up the aroma of a product. Fragrances are known allergens and have can aggravate asthma. Synthetic colours are also irritants to the skin.
Mica - This is commonly found in mineral makeup, eyeshadows, lip glosses, etc. It irritates the skin by causing micro tears, especially around the nose and mouth. It can also enhance fine lines and dry areas of the skin and has no beneficial properties for the skin.
Other known nasties include cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone Copolyol, dimethicone, methicone, phenyl trimethicone, polyquaternium-7, disodium EDTA, EDTA, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium EDTA, silicones.
As a consumer, the best thing you can do is to read the ingredients lists carefully and avoid buying anything that has chemicals that are harmful.
There are many natural everyday products life coffee, coconut oil, turmeric, lemon, green gram, honey, green tea, cocoa, chickpea flour, sandalwood, rice flour, etc that do better work than harsh chemicals.
Eventually, your skincare is in your hands.