Have you checked out the ingredients in your “natural” face cleanser, body scrub, moisturiser,
shampoo,conditioner, hand wash, or body wash? You may be surprised to find out that companies claiming to be “Natural” use ingredients listed below in most of their skin care and hair care products that are actually not natural and can be toxic.
Lets take a closer look at just some of the ingredients below that are NOT NATURAL and that you should avoid
Cocomidopropyl Betaine - Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a common surfactant used in personal care products. Although it is often marketed as ‘natural’ as it originally comes from plant oils (many processing levels ago), it is a cause for rosacea, eczema, skin irritation, and eye irritation. Not a safe or natural ingredient.
Ceteareth-20 - Ceteareth-20 is a penetration enhancer which alters the skin structure, allowing substances to penetrate deeper into the skin. This chemical ingredient is commonly found in a wide range of skin care products. It is highly unsafe to use especially on irritation or damaged skin.
Parabens – Parabens are frequently added to cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria. They have been in use since the 1950s and the vast majority of cosmetics use a combination of them, because they are cheap and effective. The ones to be aware of are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Most parabens that are added to our cosmetics are man-made and not naturally
PEGs- Found in cosmetics and personal care products, PEGs serve as emulsifiers, surfactants, cleansing agents, and skin conditioners. They’re in shampoos, deodorants, moisturisers, facial cleansers, eye creams, and various other personal care products and cosmetics. When you look for PEGs on product labels, you’ll see that they include a number, e.g. PEG-4 or PEG-80. The number lets you know their average molecular weights.
It also tells you how easily the compound sinks into the skin. The lower the number, the more easily the PEG compound penetrates the skin’s layers.
What’s the problem with PEGs? Well a few issues actually
PEGs can cause skin irritation and severe hypersensitivity reactions, polyethylene glycols can contain contaminants, they’re penetration enhancers and, they cause problems if used on broken skin.
Phenoxyethanol - The preservative phenoxyethanol, which is a known irritant for skin, eyes and lungs. Phenoxyethanol is a chemical to avoid getting on your lips or around your mouth. Most companies will have on their label not to come in contact with lips or eyes. Phenoxyethanol acts as an endocrine disruptor…what is an endocrine disruptor? Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.
Disodium EDTA – Found in many products as a preservative, to stabilise it, or to enhance the foaming action. One reason we recommend to NOT use products containing Disodium EDTA, is because it is a ‘penetration enhancer’. It disrupts the surface of skin cells so that other chemicals can get in more easily – ie other chemicals in your product, and chemicals in your shower water, etc.
So if you see Disodium EDTA, then look at what else is in the ingredients list, because you might not be too thrilled at those chemicals getting a free ride.
for example,here are the ingredients for a face wash from a ‘natural’ brand that i thought you may like to read:
Water, Glycerin, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil,Citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, Cerus Atlantica (cedarwood) bark oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice,(Aloe Vera) Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Disodium EDTA, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract.
It’s best to always read the back of labels for your skin and hair care products and to really understand just what exactly you are putting on and into your skin. Some companies say their product has beneficial extracts and nourishing natural oils that benefit your skin, yet if you read the back of the label, you may find these beneficial and nourishing ingredients may be listed right at the bottom and the not so beneficial ingredients are listed at the top.
By law all companies must have their ingredients listed from highest volume to lowest volume used.
So next time you purchase any skin or hair care product please read the back of the label and if any of these are listed above….BEWARE!