Skin care is an essential part of a woman’s overall health and which facial cleansers you use can separate clear and beautiful skin from the unmanageable and embarrassing.
But before you run to the drugstore you should remember, not all the ingredients in these cleansers are good for you. Here are some potentially harmful ingredients to avoid:
Dioxane or 1,4-Dioxane
This deep-reaching ingredient is a potential carcinogen, capable of affecting the nervous system, respiratory tract, and the kidneys. It’s not usually listed on the label. Ingredients ending with -oxynol or -eth are indicative of 1,4-dioxane usage in the production of the cleansers.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
Both these ingredients can cause skin irritation and also block the hair follicles.
Parabens act as preservatives in cosmetics, capable of damaging skin and cause it to age when exposed to the sun’s rays.
This irritant causes sensitive skin and other allergies, and – in worse cases – trigger contact dermatitis.
Potent PH Adjusters
Sodium or potassium hydroxides are used to give off a soapy consistency to cosmetic products, including cleansers. These can cause irritation even in small doses, and have a corrosive effect on the eyes and the windpipe, apart from the skin.
Natural ingredients enhance the beauty of facial skin, without damaging it. But if you prefer to buy your products in the drugstore aisle, do your best to avoid these potentially dangerous ingredients.