Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Yea, but it won’t hurt to try to influence what the beholder sees, right?
These days, maintaining your skin glow is not just a walk in the park anymore. We all feel the need to keep up, maintain, tone, moisturize etc to stay fresh. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with that.
What we fail to realize is that in an attempt to create products that can produce whatever skin type we want the beauty industry is full of has been saturated with a lot of very toxic products. This has made it very dangerous for us to just walk into the store and pick up products based on their names and the pictures on them.
The beauty industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.
Due to this, we have the responsibility to look out for the kind of ingredients we apply on our skin in order to avoid any kind of fatal or permanent damage. Here are some of the most common and dangerous chemical to look out for when buying skincare products;
This chemical is a very common skin lightener present in most bleaching and toning products. The FDA warns that this skin-bleaching chemical can cause a skin disease called ochronosis, with “disfiguring and irreversible” blue-black lesions on exposed skin. It can poison adults and children and is especially toxic during pregnancy.
In animals, studies have found that enough exposure to hydroquinone leads to tumor development.
Oxybenzone is a chemical found in sunscreen. Sunscreens use oxybenzone to absorb UV light. In humans, this chemical causes skin irritation and allergic reactions. Animal studies report it acts as an endocrine disruptor and interferes with hormone activity.
It acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women.
For safety, opt for sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium oxide or avobenzene instead.
Toluene is a petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. often used in glues, adhesives, chemical detergents, dyes, paint and paint thinners, plastics and many other industrial substances. Does that sound safe to you?
Tolene is more difficult to discover in products. Some companies hide it under the names; benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene.
Research suggests it interferes with the human immune system and may be tied to the development of malignant lymphoma.
You’ll find this one in many antibacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizers. But it’s also used in deodorants, skin cleansers, and toothpaste. It’s another endocrine disruptor that harms your thyroid and reproductive hormones.
What’s funny is even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan. So why even bother?
Try to keep this link with you when next you go shopping for beauty products.
But before that, take a couple of minutes and go through all your products. You can thank me later.