5 Ingredients To Avoid In Anti-Aging Products.
We've all seen them on the internet, people becoming trolls due to allergic reactions to skincare products or otherwise. That's the wrong way to fame, and to be honest, it kills a person's self-esteem. It is quite ironic because the plan was to look younger and better but due to the wrong type of anti-aging products, uninformative labels or ingredients, the user gets affected.
Here, you are about to tap into the goldmine of wisdom we are offering concerning the ingredients to seek, and the ones to absolutely shy away from when searching for that particular anti-aging product that will work wonders for you. Note that you have to understand your skin issues and the first step is identifying a product that bodes well with your skin before actually checking the ingredients to make sure you're not setting yourself up. Be sure to avoid products that are not FDA-approved.
A product labeled as ‘clinically proven' basically just means that other consumers have tried it and given feedback. There were no trials nor had the FDA issued approval for them to be certified safe for the skincare industry. To be honest, the FDA are not strict when it comes to cosmetics. They most only regulate the accuracy of the product labels on cosmetics. Hence, it the job of articles like this to determine the dangerous types of ingredients and a great step in the right direction is choosing products with fewer ingredients. You can never go wrong with that logic.
Those are free tips that should always be at the back of your mind whenever you are exploring the option of expanding your skincare regimen.
Below is a list of ingredients that I call ‘Red Flag Ingredients' and should be avoided when buying anti-aging products:
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: The number one on any cosmetician dangerous ingredients list. It is notorious for being prevalent in a high number of conventional products such as foundation, face wash, shampoo, and body wash. Otherwise known as SLS, it has been known to be the major catalyst to acne mainly cystic acne which is prevalent around the chin and mouth area.
This ingredient disrupts the natural oil balance of the skin, causes eyes damage and contributes to the presence of sores and skin irritation on the body. Yeah, it can be that awful.
• Petrolatum: This is a derivative composite of crude oil, often listed as an ingredient in some products, this ‘ingredient' disrupts the balance of the endocrine system and affects oxygen intake through the skin. Healthy skin requires oxygen consumption and exhaustion of carbon dioxide to look better, but alas, Petrolatum has been shown to act as a suffocating blanket on the skin. It is mostly found in hair products, lotions, and lip balms. So watch out for this ugly one.
• Polyethylene: Considered natural because of its source which is our very planet's vast water body. Don't be fooled though. It is often in the form of plastic beds evidenced in lip scrubs and exfoliating washes. Even though they are used because of their perceived gentleness on the skin compared to natural exfoliators such as walnut shells, these synthetic chemicals are massive skin irritants that quickly penetrates the body and have the full destructive influence on broken skin.
• TEA, DEA, MEA: Considered the triple threat ingredients, you might come across them on labels as TEA (triethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine) and MEA (Monoethanolamine). Thet act as emulsifiers and when mixed with some fatty acids become a base for cleansers.
TEA by itself causes allergic reactions and is considered toxic if absorbed into the body continually, eye problems, skin dryness can also be due to TEA. They are commonly found in shaving gels, mascara, concealer, bubble baths, and conditioners. As of this the time of this article, Canada, and the EU have all of the above banned.
• Hydroquinone: This is a skin-bleaching chemical that aids disfiguring of the skin, causing blue-black lesions on the skin and can even cause ochronosis, a type of disease you don't want to know anything about. The FDA have repeatedly issued warnings again usage of products with this ingredient in them. It is mostly found in skin lighteners. Imported skin lighteners often contain vague descriptions or substitutes for this element in the forms of ‘mercury' or ‘mercurio chloride.' You'll be smart to stay away from anything mercury involved in your skin products.