I have personally being using organic natural skincare products since 2005, after completing a Diploma in Natural Beauty & Nutrition. I learnt so many wonderful facts about how skin care products affect your skin and what was best and what was not so best.
These days it can be overwhelming deciding which skin care products to use, as there are so many beautiful brands to choose from! Long words, Latin words, chemicals & preservatives, but there is one way to ensure you won’t be contaminating your skin & body with chemicals–that is buy organic and natural!
I have listed below some of the most damaging to your skin.
No. 1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
These foaming agents are found in almost all shampoos, shower gels, toothpastes and other foamy products. Strong evidence shows that both SLS and SLES are irritants to skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. SLES has also been found to be contaminated with the carcinogen 1.4 dioxane.
No.2. Mineral Oil and Petroleum Jelly
These petroleum-industry by products are found in shampoos, creams, lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations, and of course, baby oil, which is 100% mineral oil. I personally learnt the hard way with mineral oil-DO NOT GO IN THE SUN with this on your skin! Petroleum is commonly used to coat the skin like plastic wrap, but by doing so, the skin’s natural immune barrier is disrupted and the skin then loses its ability to breathe and release toxins, which can then promote acne and other disorders. This process also slows down skin function and normal cell development, causing the skin to prematurely age.
Rest assure BAO Skincare products are only scentered with pure essential oils.
For some reason, manufacturers are not required to disclose the specific chemicals they use for fragrance in their brand’s list of ingredients. Sometimes called parfum, this is considered to be a ‘trade secret’, but it’s one that could harm your health. Anything that smells nice, including deodorants, perfumes, make up, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and even baby care products, probably contains chemical fragrance Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic, and even one single ‘fragrance’ listing on a product can actually indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of these are usually synthetic. Symptoms related to fragrance use include headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Clinical observation by medical doctors has shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and other behavioural problems.
No.4. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monotaholamine) and TEA (tiethanolamine)
These foam boosters are found in shampoos, hair styling products, facial cleansers, soaps and shower gels; all can cause contact dermatitis. They are easily absorbed through skin to accumulate in body organs, even the brain. Repeated use can result in major increases of liver and kidney cancer. DEA and MEA are usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocoamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.
No.5. FD&C Colour Pigments
Found in lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, blush, and other facial makeups, many colour pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colours can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and even lead to death in some rare cases. Synthetic colours from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation; moreover, animal studies show that many are carcinogenic.
No.6. Midazolidnyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
These are two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde in cosmetics (formaldehyde-donors). They are found in nearly all mainstream brands of skin, body and hair care products, antiperspirants and nail polish. Formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Extended exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. More serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer.
We have all heard about Parabens, they are the most widely used preservative in cosmetic products (they are also used as fragrance ingredients, but of course, consumers won’t find that listed on the label). Parabens easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. They can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association with cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB rays, leading to increased skin ageing and DNA damage. It has been estimated that the average woman is exposed to 50mg of parabens per day.
Triclosan is a common ingredient in many grooming products, including toothpaste, facial washes, and deodorants, but it is mainly found in antibacterial hand washes, soaps, gels and household cleaners. It is commonly used to kill bacteria, even though a U.S. FDA advisory committee has found that using products containing it has no benefits over plain soap and water.
The chemical can cause liver damage, and even small amounts have been linked to thyroid problems. It is so dangerous that the American Medical Association recommends that triclosan not be used in the home, mainly because it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
So please make sure you are checking the list of ingredients on all of you hair, face & body care products. You can read here on all the ingredients that I use in BAO Skincare products.