Beauty and skin care products have now become an essential part of our day-to-day life. At some point of our life, all of us have used a beauty product. Be it a moisturizer, face mask or something else, we spend a good amount of money to buy such these products.
Well, there are still some people, who prefer good diet, proper sleep and fresh air to give their skin the best ‘beautifying’ effect over such products. So, the major question arises here is, ‘Are these beauty products actually effective and worth spending the penny?’
The answer is yes! Beauty and skin care products are effective and so is the natural skin care methods. However, in today’s fast-paced world, no one has enough time to treat their skin naturally, so people usually go for beauty products and treatments for their skin. But, the fact is not every beauty and skin care product is good for your skin. Jillian, in the context of beauty products, writes in her blog, “When it comes to hygiene and beauty, there are definitely good, useless, and bad categories.”
So, what makes these beauty products different from each other? The answer is the ingredients, i.e., the constituents of a beauty product make the difference. The Next important question is how do these ingredients enter our body? Jillian Michaels answers this by stating, “Our skin is what’s called “transdermal”. This is a fancy term for saying the majority of what we put on our body gets absorbed into our body.”
This means, whatever we put on our skin, goes below it and effects our body. You might just want to remove a dark circle or some signs of aging, but the beauty products when go beneath the skin, affect the endocrine system, causing hormonal imbalance and affect the metabolism or can even have neurotoxic and carcinogenic effects. She advises, “So, just like a food label, we also need to read the ingredients on the labels of our beauty and hygiene products.”
Nevertheless, not all beauty products are bad. Some beauty products are actually beneficial for skin and can help in making your skin better. She further adds, “Conversely, there are totally clean beauty products that can help you moisturize, cleanse, exfoliate, etc., and here is how you will tell the difference between what works and what’s flat out dangerous.”
She also discusses several ingredients of beauty products that can actually harm your skin. She even advises that if you see these ingredients on the label of beauty products, you should keep them back on the shelf for the sake of your own good.
Following are the harmful ingredients of beauty products that can be hazardous to your skin:
Parabens: Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, benzyl paraben or phthalates
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS)
Petroleum: Petrolatum, baby oils and mineral oils
Benzalkonium chloride and triclosan
Formaldehyde-releasing chemicals like DMDM allantoin and phenoxyethanol
There are numerous dangers associated with these ingredients. They can harm your skin and even your whole body in many ways. So, the best option is to stay away from a beauty product that have these ingredients on their label. Alternatively, you can opt for something that won’t cause any complications in your body.
She concludes by saying, “Believe me, I could go on and on about all the dangers of each ingredient listed above, but it would just be more of the same – obesity, cancer, endocrine disruption, etc. Trust me, I’ve done my homework. Avoid them as often as possible.”