There are so many cosmetics and skincare products in the market that have carcinogenic ingredients in them that it boggles my mind how they were even allowed to exist in the first place let alone making it to the shelves of supermarkets, beauty salons and skincare/cosmetic stores. These products should always be avoided because they have the potential to cause some serious long term health problems.
Remember our skin is the biggest organ in our body and anything that you put on your body goes in you body; it is directly absorbed into your blood stream, 60% of which can go into the organs. That is why it is even more important to use the cleanest skincare products for the vitality of our health because healthy immune system shows through healthy and radiating skin.
Below are some of the preservatives and chemicals that I particularly watch out for when buying cosmetics and any skincare product e.g. shampo, hair sprays, hand wash, body lotion, face cream, essential oils etc. (Literally anything that I would put on my skin!).
Many companies resorted to use of preservatives after the Parabens controversy. But these preservatives can be just as bad depending on their quantity in the product. The baddest of them all are:
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
- Synthetic Fragrances and Parfarm
- Animal derivatives
- Other ionic Harsh Detergents such as ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
- Artificial colours
- Mineral Oils
- Coal Tar dyes
- Chemical Sunscreens (with Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate
- Heavy Metals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More
Below are some of the things that I look for when buying a face cream for a healthy, supple skin.
- Retinol (Vitamin A): Most products will have it less than 1% mixed with other ingredients. It must be used with caution as it thins the skin. Products containing Retinol should not be used on and around eye area where the skin is delicate and the thinnest.
- Shea Butter: It is great for keeping the skin moisture retained especially through night time and any “Shea butter” creams should only be used on Body not face as it clogs pores and is a big NO NO for oily skin types
- Pure Vitamin E oil: Should not be used by itself on the face as it clogs pores. Use a cream that contains it with other vitamins and antioxidants OR mix it with other essential oils before application to face.
- Tip: I usually mix a drop of Vitamin E oil with Chamomile and Rose hip oil during the day when I am not going outside. The mixture thins the Vitamin E oil and instead of rubbing the mixture vigorously into the skin I use my fingers on my face as if I was dabbing it.