Reading through the list of ingredients for various skin care products, it really is amazing that anyone buys anything at all since it is so difficult to merely pronounce most of the items, let alone know what they are and what they do when they make contact with skin. That is where trust and the FDA come in; as far as creating various regulatory categories in the personal care products arena, but even if something is considered a universally safe ingredient doesn’t necessarily means it is safe ingredient for each individual and their skin.
Perhaps, the easier solution to finding the right skin care products is to look for 100% organic product alternatives to mainstream products that only feature ingredients that you can easily pronounce and have a general idea of its definition, as well as knowing what it does. For example, if you are looking for a 100% natural way to relieve red dry skin treatment, try an oatmeal bath to calm your itchy and irritated skin.
Until you find the perfect natural sensitive skin care product choices for all your needs, take a look at the following 7 chemicals to avoid especially with sensitive skin.
1 – Fragrance
There is no practical reason to include any fragrance in skin care creams and lotions, and “it is the number one allergen in cosmetics and skin care” according to dermatologist Audrey Kunin, M.D. The worst offending fragrances to your skin include citrus, mint and floral scents. Look for products that are fragrance-free, formaldehyde-free and contain the term “hypoallergenic” when possible.
2 – Sulfates
You might get a little lathered up about the fact that you don’t actually need lather to get clean. Everything from shampoo, toothpaste, face wash and more contain ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, and they do act as skin irritants, so you might try leaving these on the shelf for products that leave these superfluous suds-makers off the list.
3 – Parabens and Phenols
Most commonly found in toothpaste, shampoo and body wash, these ingredients both come away with toxic grades, reports the National Institutes of Health. It takes low exposure rates to phenol for potentially dire health risks for those who are hypersensitive to the chemical while parabens may link to cancer and reproductive toxicity.
4 – Alcohol
Avoid toners and creams that contain this natural drying agent since it is an easy enough culprit to ferret out and eliminate.
5 – Avobenzone, Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
These chemical ingredients commonly found in sunscreens are fine for those with normal skin but can wreak havoc for anyone with sensitive skin.
6 – Butylated Hydroxytoluene
Sometimes used in cosmetics, this derivative of phenol is too questionable an ingredient for personal care and food products to consider safe since there are potential links to cancer, allergies and other health issues.
7 – Tetrasodium EDTA
This preservative is also what is known as a penetration enhancer, meaning it breaks down the skin’s natural protective barrier and flows directly into the bloodstream.
Reading labels and knowing what you put on your skin is imperative to keeping healthy, radiant, skin.