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Ingredients - Guide to choosing safe cosmetics

Each year, a number of new companies enter the industry with products that are meant entirely for skincare. With new companies entering the market every year, it’s almost impossible for one to pick a company for your own benefit because almost all of them claim that they are the best solution to all your skincare problems. The hassle of buying a product, testing it out and waiting for the result is not much...if it’s just one product being tested.

However, if you have to choose from five to ten different products all from different companies, you should be ready to invest a lot more time and money too. Have you ever wondered whether there’s an alternative to this problem? If so, then it ought to thrill you to find that you can easily judge the outcome of the product, by taking a close look at the ingredients.

Of course, the only real way you’ll be able to judge the ingredients is if you know what each ingredient is and how it affects your skin directly. Many of the ingredients used in skincare products are actually synthetic chemicals. These are known to be skin irritants, carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and skin penetrators. There are tons of such synthetic chemicals, and the effect of each can be really horrible depending on your skin type.

Ingredients You Should Stay Away From

1.    Parabens

Parabens are a subcategory of ingredients that are used in tons of cosmetic products due to the fact that these preservatives stump yeast, mold and bacteria growth on the skin. However, these preservatives also have properties that mimic estrogen – which translates to amplified chances of the user developing breast cancer. This information is known to all, even companies who use this in their products. Parabens is not only found in soaps and shampoos, but in makeup, deodorant and facial cleansers as well.

2.    Phthalates

Phthalates are similar to Parabens and are used frequently in products such as nail polish, hair spray, lotions, moisturizers and perfumes. These endocrine disruptors are also culprits of increased chances of development of breast cancer, reproductive birth defects in men and women as well as premature breast development in girls. However, they are not always listed on products.

3.    Formaldehyde

These preservatives are also widely known for their power of preventing bacteria growth, but formaldehyde is also labeled to be a human carcinogen. Nasal and nasopharyngeal cancers are also linked to formaldehydes.

4.    Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) / Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

SLES and SLS are both known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. When these preservatives are combined with other products, SLES and SLS become carcinogens and can cause great damage to the user. It also hosts other problematic subjects such as respiratory disorder or kidney damage.

5.    Toluene

Toluene is an incredibly harmful petrochemical and it derives from coal tar sources or petroleum. The ingredient is often labeled as toluol, methylbenzene, benzene or phenyl methane on products. However, toluene is extremely harmful and is capable of causing nausea, skin irritation and damaged respiratory system. Pregnant women should not be exposed to toluene at any cost because it might cause permanent developmental damage in the fetus. This harmful petrochemical is also able to liquefy paint thinner and paint.

Ingredients That Are Safe to Use

1.    Retinol

Retinol is widely used in a lot of products, such as eye creams and anti-aging creams, due to its exceptional qualities of getting rid of wrinkles near the eyes and other problematic areas on the face. Products that contain retinol can be trusted.

2.    Vitamin C

Vitamin C has so many benefits that it’s exceptionally known and trusted all around the world. Whether you consume Vitamin C by eating it, drinking it or use products that contain Vitamin C, the results are visible and remarkably great.

3.    Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is a chemical compound with a molecular composition that includes carbon, making it organic. A clear, oily liquid, it is often used in bactericides, solutions that are used to kill bacteria without harming other substances. It is a rose ester preservative with low sensitizing factor.

4.    Sodium Benzoate

I have to admit, before learning about its’ benefits, this is an ingredient I avoided. Sodium Benzoate is a salt of Benzoic Acid. It is found naturally in cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples and used as a preservative to prevent bacteria and fungi from getting into products.

5.    Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide (natural sugar) fermented from corn sugar. This particular ingredient is a carbohydrate made through fermentation similar to how beer is made. It is used as an ingredient because it is a thickener and emulsifier for skin/hair care formulas.

You should always closely inspect the ingredients being used in the products you’re about to purchase. And if you don’t know the ingredient, a quick EWG search should suffice. Also, opt for products that include natural ingredients as opposed to strong chemicals. Chemicals will help you out now, but in the long run, they’ll damage your skin even more.

If you’re unsure of the products you should buy, opt for Fahari Naturals . Our products are made of natural ingredients, and suitable for all skin types. The products are also unisex, and are safe for use on babies as well. Make the right choices today to have a better tomorrow!

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