Some Beauty Products do more Harm than Good

If you can’t pronounce half the words on your everyday beauty products, should you be putting them on your face? It can be off-putting when the ingredients list takes up half the product packaging.

It makes one wonder, are all those ingredients essential and are they helping my skin? Well, we’re here to let you know what you should be avoiding and what might be doing more damage than repair.

Scientists have proven that your skin absorbs 60% of the chemicals found in skincare products. These chemicals then find their way to the bloodstream. Skincare specialists have dedicated studies to finding the connection between skincare chemicals and health conditions. Many will say that we should be as aware of our skincare products as we are our food. They can do just as much damage if we aren’t careful.

The most common harmful ingredients that you’ll find in your beauty products are the following;

Parabens such as phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate and benzyl alcohol are a cheap way to extend the shelf-life of most products, and they also prevent the formation of bacteria and other micro-organisms.

Formaldehyde is another one like parabens formaldehyde is an anti-bacterial preservative but in gas form. The list of formaldehyde preparations to avoid includes imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, bronopol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1, 3-dioxane and quaternion-15.

Sadly, the list doesn’t end there – petrolatum, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, oxybenzone, phthalates, some fragrances and harsh alcohol should also be avoided where ever possible.

We know it’s a lot to remember, but you should familiarise yourself with these ingredients because your health matters. If you don’t want to have to check every product you use here is a list of safe and skin-friendly, healthy products that are tried and tested by the team.

Faith in Nature Grapefruit & Orange Shampoo & Conditioner (£7.99)

Faith in Nature is a great brand, and their products do not have parabens and SLS that are in most hair care products and what we forget is that they come into contact with your skin when you shower.

This brand uses cruelty-free, paraben-free and SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) ingredients in their hair care products island its deal for all hair types.

This shampoo and conditioner smells great and leaves your hair feeling rejuvenated and refreshed and all-round fruity.

For skincare, we recommend the following.

ONisti Just Honest Skincare Collagen Retinol Facial Moisturiser 30ml (£34.99)

This fabulous moisturiser is cruelty-free, paraben and sulphate free and organic. The ingredients list includes collagen for protection against UV radiation, retinol (Vit A) for tighter, firmer skin, hyaluronic acid for nutrient and hydration retention, rosehip oil to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines and oat silk extract that acts as an inflammatory.

What a fantastic list of ingredients. A must for all skin types!

Childs Farm Moisturiser Unfragranced (£3.99)

We love Childs Farm they are a brilliant young brand, this moisturiser can be used all over and is suitable for all skin types. It’s perfect for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. While most mothers with newborns swear by this product, it’s also great for children and adults with sore skin. Dermatologists and paediatricians approve it as an all-around good guy.

Keep this in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom for the perfect go-to product whenever your skin needs a bit of hydration.

Cuderm Cream (£11.99)

This product is PETA approved!  It’s alcohol-free, paraben-free and contains colloidal oatmeal that is suitable for dry, sensitive skin. It is halal certified, vegan, SLS free and without artificial colour. Oh, and did we mention it provides 24hr moisture?

The perfect moisturiser for super sensitive skin, this moisturiser is so good it has a halo.

Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip and Cheek Stick(£12.99)

This product has two functions. You could use it as a blusher or as a lipstick. With five options available at Amazon, you will be able to find the perfect shade for you. The ingredients list is 100% natural and contains no parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.

This easy-to-apply product comes from a brand that has a broad range of cruelty-free products that will have all elements of your beauty routine covered.

So next time you’re out shopping turn the product around and look at what goes into it before buying it. It might help prevent or cure a few of your health concerns. You never know!

Potentially Harmful Ingredients 

If you would like some more guidance on what ingredients to look out for and avoid, please check out my list of potentially harmful ingredients that really should not be included in any products labelled clean, natural or organic.

Sulfates – SLS + SLES
Formaldehyde-releasing agents
Mineral Oil
Retinyl Palmitate
Coal Tar
Undisclosed Synthetic Fragrances (synthetic fragrances allowed providing they meet all of the above criteria AND certify they comply with the brand’s Clean Fragrance criteria, which is “In skincare, makeup, and hair products only, synthetic fragrances allowable at concentrations below 1% of total formula,” and “clean fragrance brands must also be cruelty-free and without the following: PTFE/PFOA, Styrene, Polyacrylamide / acrylamide, Acetaldehyde, Acetonitrile, Methylene chloride, Animal fats, oils, and musks, Benzalkonium chloride, Toluene, Resorcinol, Acetone, Butoxyethanol, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, Methyl cellosolve, Methylisothiazolinone / methylchloroisothiazolinone, Mercury and mercury compounds (thimerosal), and Bisphenol A (BPA).”
Acrylates (specific to ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate, hydroxypropyl methacrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate)
 Aluminum Salts
Animal Oils/Musks/Fats
Benzophenone + Related Compounds
Carbon Black
Lead/Lead Acetate
Methyl Cellosolve + Methoxyethanol
Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone
Mercury + Mercury Compounds (Thimerisol)
Insoluble Plastic Microbeads (which applies to rinse off products only)
Talc (asbestos free talc is ok. Brands need to conduct testing to ensure no contamination)
BHA/BHT (BHT threshold is 0.1%)
Ethanolamines DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA
Nanoparticles as defined by EU
Petrolatum & Parrafin (All USP grade is ok)
Phenoxyethanol (under 1% is ok)
Polyacrylamide & Acrylamide
Styrene (specific to Bromostyrene, Deastyrene/acrylates/dvbcopolymer, sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer, styrene oxide, styrene
1, 4 Dioxane (brands required to test final formulas and need to comply with specific thresholds)
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