It seems incredible, but many of the so called best skin care products are full of ingredients that actually harm your skin over time.
Mineral oil: This oil is used in literally hundreds of products I’ve looked at. This oil may also go by the names paraffin wax, liquid paraffin and petrolatum on the product label. It is used so pervasively in skin care products for one reason: it’s cheap!
However, mineral oil, once applied, prevents the skin from “breathing.” It clogs pores, which interferes with your skin’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. It can also lead to acne flare-ups. Mineral oil is irritating to the skin and if used for any length of time. Even though it is not good for your skin, your skin can become dependent on it, causing dryness and chapping.
Lastly, it can lead to premature aging of the skin. I’m sitting here asking myself, why would this even be in the so called best skin care or skin lotion products anyway?
Dioxane: (a synthetic derivative of coconut). This substance is often used in skin care products. It usually contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, which is readily absorbed through the skin. I know this sounds crazy, but 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. So here I am again asking myself why would people pay money to put this stuff on their skin? That’s downright scary.
Fragrances: Everyone likes to smell nice. Problem is many fragrances are produced from ingredients that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. I’m here to tell you that if you want to smell nice, use a little bit of perfume or cologne, instead of depending on your anti aging skin care products to give you a wonderful aroma. Now, why would I recommend you use perfume or cologne as a fragrance but to choose a skin lotion without them?
The reason is simple! Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything you put on it can be easily absorbed through the pores. Anti aging skin lotion products are applied all over the face, neck, and body. This covers a lot of surface area and, therefore, a great deal of chemical absorption occurs.
Now, I’m sure that many perfumes and colognes contain less than desirable substances too, but I’m enough of a realist to know that people aren’t going to stop using these products to smell nice. However, with colognes and perfumes, you can achieve what you want by a small dab here and there. So, in my opinion, this is a much better route to go than to use your best skin care products that also contain potentially dangerous fragrance chemicals that are directly applied and massaged into the skin all over your body.
Parabens: Propyl, ethyl, butyl, and methyl paraben. Many so called best skin care products and moisturizing skin lotion products will use these as a preservative so their products have a long shelf life. The reason is because they are the most economical. The problem with parabens is that studies suggest they may cause cancer and interfere with the body’s endocrine system, as well as causing skin rashes and allergic reactions.
Alcohols: methanol, ethyl alcohol, ethanol, benzyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol. Not all alcohols have the same properties, but these, which are commonly found in anti aging skin care products, are very drying and irritating for the skin. Because these alcohols strip away the skin’s natural acid mantle they leave you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses.