When you go to a convenient store to buy some skin care product, do you ever stop and look at the ingredients? Or do you fall for any fancy label name and buy that item? If you are like most people I know, you check that item that is promising heaven (though you know it’s a lie), purchase it and walk out. We are busy people. We don’t have time to read the ingredients found in a certain item, right? No? Anyway, next time you go shopping you better leave this attitude at home. The reason is that there are ingredients found in some of these items that harm your skin. You may realize a rash after the use of a product or uneven skin tone. We purchase these products to make us look better, not harm us.
Before purchasing a skin care item, check if it has any of the following ingredients. If it does, run for your life. Okay maybe you shouldn’t run but don’t even think of purchasing that item.
1. Para-aminobenzoic Acid(PABA)
If there are ingredients in skin care items that will trigger allergic reactions, then PABA is their queen (or king depending on how you look at it). Most reports have indicated that those people, who had PABA on their skins were shown to experience photo-contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. It is mostly used in items that protect from sun damage as UV blockers to prevent facial wrinkles.
2. Tetrasodium EDTA
If I told you that a certain product contained carcinogens, chances are you would throw it out right away. I think you should do the same thing for any product in your skin care that contains Tetrasodium EDTA. According to the National Cancer Institute, this ingredient is made from a known carcinogen known as ethylenediamine, formaldehyde. Since we all know that the son of a monkey is a monkey, this ingredient is a carcinogen. It is also a penetration enhancer, which may allow penetration of harmful ingredients deep into the skin. It’s just not one of those ingredients you can risk your life for.
Just like Tetrasodium EDTA, Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. It has been linked to deadly conditions such as skin cancer, leukemia, liver cirrhosis and skin irritation. It is mostly found in items such as nail polish, hair straightening products and eyelash glue. You will find it disguised under preservatives names such as bronopol, DMDM Hydantoin etc.
4. Triethanolamine (TEA)
TEA has been used as an emulsifier, pH adjuster, surfactant, and fragrance enhancer in products such as perfumes, lotions, and soaps. TEA has been linked to conditions such as bioaccumulation, cancer, and allergic reactions. It can be found in many products, and you should watch out for names such as TEA, DEA or MEA. If you must have tea in your life, ensure it’s the herbal drink.
Okay, this is a tricky one. I know you have been encouraged over the years to use products that contain petroleum; then this? The reason is that it contains 1, 4-Dioxane, which according to the World Health Organization, is a carcinogen.
Beware of the above ingredients and the immense consequences they have in your body. As much as we all want to be beautiful, there is a limit to which levels we should go. Every product you purchase should have the entire ingredients label, otherwise you should ignore it.
Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), by profession a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She provides solutions related to health and beauty problems. She is an independent researcher who researches for all type of skin related issues. She is a passionate blogger who loves to read the latest lifestyle news and share her views on health, fitness and diet. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.