The influx of more and more brands and influencers educating their viewers about what type of skincare should we avoid, which ingredients are harmful to the skin, skincare routines to follow and the innumerable skincare tags like clean beauty, green beauty, cruelty-free, vegan cropping up in the market, begs us the need to make this topic simple by breaking down the list of ingredients which we should take a note of while buying new skincare products.
We are listing down 5 harmful ingredients that you should avoid –
The most talked about harmful ingredient in skincare are parabens. Chemicals like methyl, propyl, butyl come under parabens. These are natural organic compounds which act as preservatives in skincare products and prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria during hot and humid weather conditions.
Research claims association between parabens and cell multiplication in the breast leading to breast cancer. It also interferes with brain and reproductive functions by increasing production of estrogen.
The most common ingredient found in soaps, lotions, cleansers are sulfates. They act as surfactants in skincare and are used for lathering purposes. Sulfates strip of natural oils from your skin and can also irritate your eyes. They are also a potential threat to the environment as they can be toxic for aquatic species.
The most common ingredients to avoid are SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate} and SLES (Sodium lauryl ether sulfate)
- Mineral Oils
Mineral oils are used as emollients in skincare products because of their low volatility and smoothing texture. Mineral oils hydrates dry and irritated skin by locking moisture into it. However, mineral oils is made from petrolatum and they don’t completely absorb into the skin as their molecular size is too big. Apart from that, they also tend to clog pores.
Hydroquinone is a compound that acts as a skin lightening agent. It’s known to help in hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dark spots, freckles, age spots and many more. It’s skin whitening feature can force the skin to undergo harsh alterations, making the skin more prone to blemishes and it also leads premature ageing.
Fragrance is found in almost all cosmetic and skincare products. Chemicals used in scented products are carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors and are associated with respiratory disorders, and show side effects in the reproductive system.
Presently, there is no regulatory body that requires manufacturers to stop using fragrances. It’s time to stop using scented products.
Nowadays, a lot of responsible brands are making their labels transparent to create awareness among consumers about safe and dangerous ingredients. One such brand is Beaumark beauty. We believe in clean beauty, sustainability and skin positivity. Our products are free from harmful chemicals and we communicate this to our customers keeping in mind their best interests.