There are so many ingredients in your cosmetics products. Let me introduce you to the ingredients that are controversial and many skincare brands are removing from their formulas today.
A healthy lifestyle is not only a healthy diet.
If we are consuming good food, in order to be more healthy, energetic and happy, why should we not care the same for our skin, and learn more about the ingredients found in the cosmetic creams that we apply every day on our skin?
This information can help you to balance and improve your skin appearance and is especially important if your skin is sensitive.
COSMETIC INGREDIENTS LIST
Look for these ingredients:
- Mineral oil
- Synthetic colours
Preservatives are important, they use to extend the longevity of the products and help to keep them free from bacteria.
Check the ingredient list for PARABENS
Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics.
Parabens may cause skin reactions to those with inflamed skin and some studies linked them with endocrine-disrupting effects. [1,2,3]
I recommend avoiding cosmetic creams with parabens.
Natural and organic brands use approved preservatives for natural products and they are less likely to cause side effects.
Those derived from natural sources or are nature identical.
It is always better to check online, most natural brands website will specify the preservatives that they are using.
You can look up info about the ingredients in your cosmetic cream contains on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Mineral oil is a colourless and odourless oil that’s made from petroleum.
This oil has no nutrients and
Unlike petroleum-based mineral oils, plant oils are believed to help support and help your skin feeling balanced.
Silicones form a barrier on top of your skin.
That barrier can lock in moisture, it can also trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells along with it!
Silicones (siloxanes) may be harmful to the environment. 
Check the label for “silicone-free” or scan the ingredients list on the back of the product packaging.
Anything that ends in –cone or -siloxane is a silicone.
Instead of mineral oil and siloxane, I recommend using natural plant-based oils like coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.
Many of the synthetic colours are ade made by using coal tar, petroleum and contaminated with heavy metals salts like arsenic and lead.
This increase the risk of irritation, blocked pores, breakouts and sensitivity.
In nature, you can find natural pigments that used to colour cosmetics, like carrot oil, beet extract and henna.
Natural minerals like Mica (a group of silicate minerals) which can be ground down into a sparkling powder for use in beauty products.
These are safe to use on almost all skin type.
Manufacturers aren’t required to reveal their fragrances, you will see the ingredient- Fragrance or Parfum on the ingredients list when it could actually be a mixture of carcinogens, allergens, endocrine disruptors, and irritants.
Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural and some can be beneficial for the skin. For example, essential oils such as lemongrass, thyme, cinnamon, and tea tree oils are known traditionally to be helpful for acne-prone skin.
If you have sensitive skin choose unscented skincare.
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
www.pazbynature.com Health & Wellness Blog includes travel inspiration, healthy food and natural remedies.