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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:37

Controversial Ingredients

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What to Avoid and Why


With the ever expanding option of skin care products and cosmetics comes an ever expanding list of ingredient do’s and do not’s. Things can get confusing when trying to decipher what ingredients you need to avoid when selecting the latest anti-aging cream or mineral foundation. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and some ingredients you place on your skin can be absorbed directly into the body so it is extremely important to be aware of the products you’re using. To keep things simple here are three ingredients you can and should do without!

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil, derived from petroleum, is used in products to prevent the skin from losing moisture. However, because of its origin, mineral oil has a tendency to clog pores. Because mineral oil is difficult for the skin to absorb and because it obstructs the pores, it slows down the skin’s ability to remove toxins from the body. Not to mention, clogged pores are a main culprit in skin break outs.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfates

Sodium Lauryl Sulfates are a foaming agent that can be one of the biggest irritants in skin products. Skin rashes, dandruff, and allergic reactions can be caused by this ingredient (and do not be fooled because it is technically derived from coconut!). According to the American Cancer Society, this ingredient has not been proven to cause cancer, contrary to popular belief, but we’re recommending you avoid it for its skin irritating properties.


Phthalates are a group of chemicals found in a number of consumer products ranging from vinyl flooring to cosmetics. In the U.S., diethyl phthalate (DEP) is the type of phthalate used in cosmetics used to sustain the scent of perfume in the product. The main issue with DEP is their reputation for disrupting the endocrine system, and thus effecting fertility in women of child-bearing age.  The FDA however has stated they have been unable to establish an association between the use of phthalates in cosmetic products and a health risk; however the potential risks are enough that we would rather leave the chemical out for the sake of a pretty smell.