Harmful Chemicals in Skin Care Products
Learn to read your skincare product ingredients. Do your skincare products contain any of these toxic ingredients? If so, it is time to look for alternatives. While the FDA does have laws regarding the use of toxic ingredients, there are some ingredients that have been cleared by the FDA, are common in traditional skincare products, yet are still harmful to human body when used in doses over time. These are the ingredients you want to avoid in your skincare products. Somaluxe products will never include these toxic ingredients.
- Parabens: Parabens are a group of chemicals that are used in skincare products to extend the shelf life of the products. They are quite cheap and known to induce estrogen effects in women.
- Phthalates: These chemicals speed the process of absorption in skincare products. They are commonly found in nail polish and hair products. They have been banned in Europe, yet the United States continues to use these chemicals.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This chemical is typically listed second or third in the ingredient panel of shampoos or cleansers. According to the FDA's Cosmetic Labeling Guide, the listing of ingredients should be in order of concentration. This is typically a foaming agent that causes products to foam for degreasing or washing. It is a harsh chemical that causes irritation and drying on skin.
- Triclosan: This ingredient is found in "antibacterial" products like soaps and body washes. Although it is meant to fight off harmful bacteria, there has been little proof that using antibacterial products actually has an advantage over using water and soap. Triclosan is known to have a harmful effect on thyroid and growth hormones, in addition to being a skin irritant.
- Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is found in nail polish, shampoo, conditioners, cleansers and eye shadows and is used to fight off bacteria (acting as a preservative). Even in small percentages, formaldehyde is known to be a carcinogenic.
- Fragrance: Artificial fragrances might be refreshing but are harmful to the long term care of skin.