Have you ever tried to read the tiny section with ingredients on your cleanser or cream? The lengthy names are difficult even to comprehend, let alone understand what stands behind them. Even the words you know may be too vague to actually describe what they are.
Many people don’t even look at the list, buying everything an influencer on Instagram recommended to them. This isn’t the best approach because some compounds can cause cancer in the long run.
Lab tests can’t predict long-term side effects and diseases.
The solution? Naturel organic cosmetics. Lots of brands produce organic skincare products for all skin types and conditions. Nature has given us everything needed for our healing. Why not use it?
First of all, let’s find out these harmful chemicals and stay away from products containing them.
TOP-5 Carcinogens in Skincare Products
Here are only five of many cancerogenic compounds found in everyday skincare products. Most of them are used not for the benefit of your skin but as preservatives and for better structure and feel. They do make products creamier and add other pleasant characteristics, but at what cost?
Stay away from the following:
This chemical and those related to it (MEA, TEA) are used to improve the texture of a product. They are used in mascara, eyeshadows, cleansers, and soaps. Over time, they are known to cause liver cancer (according to tests on mice).
Preservatives that release formaldehyde.
As for formaldehyde, you aren’t likely to find it in skincare products. But some preservatives release it after some time. You can also find such chemicals in resins, cleaners, and more things that aren’t a part of your routine. The released chemical is known to be connected to many leukemia cases.
The most dangerous thing about these is that manufacturers don’t have to list PEGs as ingredients. Yet, you can find them in many skincare products. Most companies try to avoid them as much as possible, but the chemicals are created during the manufacturing process, and it’s difficult to control this process.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT).
These two are synthetic substances used as preservatives so that products can last longer on shelves or in warehouses. They are known to cause allergies in small doses and can cause cancer in large doses.
Another type of preservatives and endocrine disruptors. The second fact has become widely known not so long ago. That’s why you can see “paraben-free” on many skincare products.
Use Organic Skincare to Remain Healthy
Organic products that won’t cause cancer. The harshest side effect may be an allergy to one of the natural compounds. Moreover, there are many local brands that control quality and don’t mass-produce their products. They are clean, not tested on animals, and healthy.
Always read the ingredient list before buying skincare if you don’t understand what the word means, Google it. Yes, this may have you in the shop for an hour, but it is always important to take time for yourself and find clarity.
Before ordering a product or buying one in a shop, look it up online. Professional aestheticians and other specialists talk openly about brands that sell products with cancerogenic compounds or look into the Campaign for Safe Chemicals for a quick overview.
And remember – lookout for the ingredients disguising right in front of your eyes to make sure your skin products are doing precisely what they should for your skin in the short and long run.
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