With many foods and household cleaning products trending towards all-natural, chemical-free ingredients, it’s no wonder that cosmetic products are following suit. After all, your skin is the largest organ of your body, so if you wouldn’t eat these harsh chemicals, then you shouldn’t rub them all over your skin. While there is a long list of “no no” ingredients, let’s focus on these four very common harsh ingredients.
Sulfates, also known as Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium laureth sulfate, or SLS, is a chemical commonly found in skincare products like:
- Bar soap
- Bubble bath
- Even toothpaste!
Sulfates are a cheap chemical used to create foam (think sudsy bubbles!). Sulfates are a known skin irritant and especially irritating for anyone who with eczema, dry skin, or sensitive skin. Using products that contain sulfates may cause dry and itchy skin, flare up eczema, and even interfere with acne. If you like foamy soaps and sudsy liquids, look for products containing cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, which is a great, cleaner alternative to harsher ingredients like the sulfates. It gives skincare products that foamy or creamy consistency without causing skin irritation. Our PREP purifying daily cleanser contains cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine instead of harsh sulfates. (Environmental Working Group)
Dr. Carole's Tip:
Sulfates is a harsh chemical and a known skin irritant. Many shampoos, conditioners, soaps, bubble baths, body washes and even toothpaste contain sulfates.
Parabens are used as preservatives in a vast amount of cosmetic products and linked to hormone disruption and abnormalities. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Working Group, Scientific American) Instead of parabens, look for tocopherol, also known as Vitamin E, which acts as a natural preservative keeping formulas stable. Vitamin E is a very beneficial antioxidant that is naturally present in your skin. It acts as a great natural moisturizer and blocks harmful substances like smoke and pollution from penetrating your skin. Vitamin E even helps to absorb UV rays, making it a great addition to any skin care product. (Oregon State University)