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2 Common Ingredients In Your Skin Care Shelf to Detox

From drugstore to luxury, many skincare products contain ingredients that have been linked with breast and other forms of cancer

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Mrinalini Sachan
2 Common Ingredients In Your Skin Care Shelf to Detox

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and a good reminder for all of us busy women to evaluate our overall health.

It is also a good time to revisit your lifestyle choices and eliminate unhealthy foods, habits, and products. Skincare is an important part of our lifestyles and our body comes in direct contact with multiple skincare chemicals every day.

Regardless of whether you are pregnant and nursing or single, as a woman, it is very important to ensure that our skincare products are free of toxins and harmful chemicals.

Did you know that a lot of skincare products contain ingredients that are potentially carcinogenic (cancer-triggering) and can affect our hormonal health?

Here are two skincare ingredients that you should avoid to eliminate any risk to your body’s hormonal balance and immunity.

Are Parabens Really Dangerous?

The debate around parabens began with a clinical study that suggested that exposure to parabens encourages the growth of breast cancer.

However, this in itself is not enough scientific evidence to conclude that parabens directly cause breast cancer.

Due to the ubiquitous presence of the many forms of parabens as preservatives in multiple products, parabens have also been found in healthy cancer-free breasts as well as in other parts of the body. So, are parabens really dangerous?

Yes, and we’re talking to you SK-II! The famous SK-II Facial Treatment Essence unfortunately has methylparaben. What we do know for sure is that parabens exhibit estrogenic properties.

This means that they weakly mimic estrogen when absorbed by the body and thus ends up in breast tissue.

This, in turn, can disrupt hormonal function. Hence, exposure to external estrogens, in the form or parabens or other chemicals, has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.

An argument in favor of using parabens in skincare is that their concentration is too low to pose any health risk.

While that may be right, using multiple products containing parabens leads to cumulative paraben exposure, which may make it dangerous for us, the consumers.

Instead of  blindly trusting these skin care manufacturers and brands to somehow regulate our parabens exposure while still creating products with parabens, it might be best to avoid products with this ingredient to minimize any risks to your hormonal health.

How To Eliminate Parabens From Your Skincare

  • Check the ingredient list of your skincare product for any ingredient with the suffix paraben. These include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. If any paraben is present in the formulation, look for a different product that is paraben-free.
  • Parabens are essentially used as preservatives in skincare formulations. Any water-based skincare product requires a preservative to prevent microbial growth. Hence, instead of looking for the preservative-free label, opt for products that use a different safer preservative, such as phenoxyethanol.

Once you start reading skincare labels, making the switch to paraben-free products won’t be hard at all. As an example, the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is a cult-favorite, but it contains methylparaben.

An excellent alternative to this product is the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence that contains a nearly identical bio-fermented complex sans the parabens. The latter contains phenoxyethanol as a preservative, making it a safer and smarter choice.

Phthalates, The Secret Toxins In Your Skincare

Phthalates are commonly used in cosmetics and skincare to hold color and are also a component of fragrance.

They have been found to cause birth defects and reproductive issues in animals exposed to the ingredient during pregnancy and birth.

Phthalates are hormone-mimicking chemicals and come with the risk of disrupting normal hormonal functions and potentially causing breast cancer.

How To Eliminate Phthalates From Your Skincare

Eliminating phthalates from your skincare may not be as simple as reading the ingredient list.

This is because phthalates are usually a component of fragrance, and companies are not legally obligated to disclose each ingredient of the fragrance.

So, when you see fragrance mentioned in the ingredient list, it may contain phthalates without any mention of the ingredient on the label.

Fragrances and mixtures are considered trade secrets by the law, so skincare brands can get away without mentioning what goes inside them.

How do you then ensure that your products are free of phthalates? Here are a few things that you can do –

  • Email the brand and ask them specifically whether the product contains any phthalates. Most transparent brands will be happy to share this information with you.
  • Opt for products that do not have any phthalates listed as a separate ingredient. This way, you will minimize the risk of consuming any hidden phthalates.

It is high time that we as consumers become more aware of the ingredients that go into the products that we use.

Instead of blindly relying on a brand’s claims that a product is 100% safe, do your own research. Also, ask the right questions to hold the brand accountable.

We are already so exposed to pollutants, stress and toxins every day. The least we can do is keep our skincare toxin-free!

So, the next time you pick up a new skincare product, make sure to read the label and avoid these ingredients!

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Healthy is beautiful and beauty should never cost us our health. Let's face the truth: women are the beauty industry's most important customers but we're not getting the VIP treatment we deserve. Research shows that toxic chemicals present in many skincare products can interfere with our hormonal health. With the lack of regulation in the beauty industry it's up to us to call out these toxic chemicals in personal care products to keep these brands on their toes. So as women together we're taking a stand for fertility' sake.

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Mrinalini is a skincare enthusiast who loves to try new products to share her honest views. After her battle with hormonal acne, she is an expert on choosing natural products that keep breakouts at bay.

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Stephanie is a former Esthetician turned freelance beauty and wellness educator. Although a busy mom to two teenage boys, she still keeps up her active lifestyle with yoga and 10k runs.

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Healthy is beautiful and beauty should never cost us our health. Let's face the truth: women are the beauty industry's most important customers but we're not getting the VIP treatment we deserve. Research shows that toxic chemicals present in many skincare products can interfere with our hormonal health. With the lack of regulation in the beauty industry it's up to us to call out these toxic chemicals in personal care products to keep these brands on their toes. So as women together we're taking a stand for fertility' sake.

meet our team

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Editor Rebecca Byrne

Rebecca Byrne is a licensed master cosmetologist from Atlanta, Georgia who enjoys teaching others about natural beauty and cosmetology. She has worked in several areas of the beauty industry since 2012 and specializes aesthetics: the art of looking beautiful.

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Editor Stephanie Ivonne

Stephanie Ivonne is a former licensed Esthetician turned freelance beauty and wellness educator. As a mom to two teenage boys, in her free time she spends living a healthy and happy lifestyle participating in yoga, 10ks and regularly practices meditation and self.

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Writer Mrinalini Sachan

Mrinalini is a skincare enthusiast who loves to try new products to share her honest views. Her skincare journey started years ago when she began researching different ingredients and practical daily tips proven to help clear acne and hyperpigmentation.

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Lover of all things Kbeauty, Michelle believes that beauty is health. With news of her first pregnancy, she began learning about natural skincare and finding new products that fit her standards.

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