You count your calories, are very particular about your diet, let only the best products touch your skin. You take no chances when it comes to your beauty. However, did you know the fancy cosmetic products that you have been stocking up on have ingredients that do more damage to your skin than good? Here are 6 such ingredients that are bad news for your skin.
The next time you drag your shopping cart to the cosmetic aisle, do check the ingredients before you toss them into the cart. One ingredient that you need to look out for is Parabens. It basically extends the shelf-life of the product and also has a hormone disrupting effect. And when the hormones starts acting all funny, it wreaks havoc on your skin, not to mention, increases the risk of cancer. Whatever you do, stay clear from Parabens.
You might be familiar with this ingredient; it is present in all kinds of shampoos, soaps and cleansers. Although it does a bit more than cleansing your skin of all the impurities; it causes red lumpy bumps to sprout all over your skin. And we don't say that, experts do! Sulfates are known to cause skin irritation at low level. It might be a little difficult to find, but try picking up products that are sulfate-free.
If you love swishing the mascara wand over your eyelids for that exotic gypsy look, this little information is going to ruin that for you. Most mascara contains Thimerosal, an ingredient derived from mercury, which is known to cause brain damage. Don't despair just yet though; you can still get that Goth-eye look. All you need to do is look for an eye product without Thimerosal in it.
Deodorant and hair spray are two products that we can't do without. However, did you know that most body sprays contain Phthalates, an ingredient that causes violent coughing, vomiting, skin allergies and dizziness? Instead of dousing yourself in harmful chemicals, try switching to natural essential oils such as lavender and rose. They smell incredible, have a moisturizing effect and do not involve any side effects. What more reason do you want?
From fancy perfumes to skin creams, all products have petroleum. We cannot say it is dangerous as such, other than being extremely harmful to the environment, clogging pores and interfering with your body's ability to perspire. Without perspiration, your body cannot flush out toxins, which cause premature aging. It also slows down cell development. Do we need to say anymore?
The label may say otherwise, but most lipsticks do have it. We do not have to go in elaborate details to explain just how harmful lead can be. It is sufficient to say that it is a major bad news. You are not only applying lead on your lips, but involuntarily introducing it in your system. Go for an organic Chapstick instead or just kiss a beet!
It pays to be aware of what your beauty products are exactly made off. You don't want to be fooled into buying products that are slowly, but steadily damaging your skin. For that extra pampering, don't forget to indulge in spa.