Believe it or not, summer is coming. Eventually.
Today I found myself dreaming about slathering on sunscreen and heading out to ride roller coasters at my favorite amusement park. I put sunscreen on my face every morning all year around. It occurred to me how many people don’t know how to tell the difference between dangerous and healthy skin care products.
This week I wanted to round up a list of the most dangerous skin care ingredients so you can check your products and make sure your skin is safe. Your skin is your largest organ and it’s the first thing people see so you should take good care of it and keep it healthy!
Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives in skin care products. They mimic estrogen and disrupt endocrine signaling. Researchers have found parabens in breast tissue and have shown that they increase breast cancer cell growth. Parabens can even block the activity of tamoxifen, a drug that inhibits the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells.
Parabens in breast tissue are intact, meaning they did not go through the liver. These parabens were not in food, but instead were absorbed directly across the skin. Parabens are used in a lot of very expensive skin care products, but it is becoming better understood that these preservatives are not safe. Check your skin care product ingredient labels to make sure parabens are nowhere to be found!
If there is something in your skin care that has a color followed by a number, it doesn’t belong in or on your body. These coloring agents are derived from petroleum. In general products derived from petroleum are considered human carcinogens and artificial colors are associated with ADHD in children. The EU has banned them. They shouldn’t be in your skin care products.
What does THIS mean? No one knows, actually. The word “fragrance” on a skin care label is deliberately vague and may include a number of dangerous ingredients like phthalates, solvents and other toxic chemicals.
Fragrances are associated with skin problems like rashes and eczema and they can trigger allergies and asthma attacks in sensitive people. It’s safest to use products that don’t have added fragrance.
These chemicals are used to soften plastics and are also found in lotions, creams, perfumes, nail polish and hair spray. They are often part of the “fragrance” in scented products (see above). Like parabens they mimic hormones and can affect cancer risk and fertility in both men and women.
There are a number of dangerous chemicals that have no place in our diet, our water supply and our health and beauty products. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Since I’m focusing today on healthy skin care today I wanted to briefly touch on some of the most prevalent.
Please go grab your skin care products and check the ingredient lists. If you find parabens, phthalates, “fragrance” or artificial coloring agents please consider switching to skin care products which don’t use these ingredients.
Want to know what skin care I use? Bet you can guess 😉 Click here to see the products I trust for myself and my family, and click here to see the list of 2500 harmful ingredients NEVER present in the products I use.