Many of us are looking for healthier options in what we eat and in what we use on our bodies. When it comes to skin care, one of the most common questions that we’re asked is “What should I look for when reading product ingredients labels?”
The ingredients list on beauty care products can be daunting. So long and complex, they often include ingredients that we can’t pronounce. So, where do we begin when looking for products that are healthier for our bodies and that don’t include ingredients that are chemically derived? How can we avoid artificial ingredients that could be toxic to our bodies?
Here are some common product ingredients to be wary of:
* Parabens such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl parabens are used as preservatives and have been found to be carcinogenic.
* Sodium laurel sulfates are foam enhancers that create the lather in products such as shampoo and facial cleansers. Unfortunately, these synthetic components have been found to be skin irritants.
* Fragrances are a chemical cocktail and are often listed simply as “fragrance” or “parfum” on ingredients labels. More than 3,000 chemicals may hide behind these terms.
* Petrochemicals such as mineral oil, paraffin wax, and paraffin oil are pore-clogging ingredients derived from crude oil. They can be found in various cosmetic products.
So, if a product includes ingredients that you can’t pronounce, be cautious and look for product options that are free of artificial and chemical ingredients. Look for products that are healthier for your body, and your body will thank you.
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