Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Trick or Treat: Skin Care ingredients that can Fool You

Have you ever read the list of ingredients in your face wash and moisturizer? If you haven’t, do it now!

The product may say it’s “natural”, but if there are more than three ingredients you don’t recognize, or don’t know what they are, your skincare products might be tricking you. Check out this list of harmful ingredients to avoid:

Parabens are preservatives widely used in skin and personal care products to prevent growth of mold and fungi. While it sounds great that they help prevent nasty growths in your products, parabens have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

Synthetic Colors
If your moisturizer is neon-blue, there’s no way it’s natural-- unless there are blueberries in the product! While synthetic pigments might make products look more appealing, the ingredients themselves are not pretty. Synthetic colors are often made from coal tar and are carcinogenic. They can cause irritation, actually worsening your skin condition.

While it is an antibacterial product triclosan has been linked to cancer and is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide-- not something you’d want to put on your face.

Don’t be tricked, treat yourself to ingredients that treat you well!

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