When it comes to choosing cosmetics for our skin, we all wonder over and over again what are the toxins present in conventional cosmetics and which are harmful to our health. What is beautiful for today can be detrimental for tomorrow. That is why we must bet on products with natural ingredients since they are recognized by our skin, for their affinity and similarity with our structure. As a first step, it is important to know how to detect the most common toxic substances found in the cosmetic industry and which should be avoided if we want 100% healthy skin.
Sulfates, skin irritating detergent
These well-known synthetic surfactants (and all those finished in sulphate) are found mainly in cosmetic daily care products, such as shampoo or bath gel, due to the high cleaning power they have on the skin. Its powerful action dissolves dirt and natural oils that our skin naturally creates as a protective barrier against external agents. For those who do not know, the high concentration of sulfates in a product for daily use and its continued use can cause problems of irritation and tightness in the skin, dryness or even hair loss.
Silicones accumulate in the hair
They act as moisturizers, emollients and cuticle sealers. We find them both in shampoo and bath gel and their main function is to create a layer on the hair or skin, preventing it from being in contact with the outside. The problem with silicones is that most are insoluble in water, so they tend to accumulate on the hair and skin, preventing them from breathing and performing their functions normally. As a result, silicones tend to accumulate as a residue with each wash. In the long run it causes the hair to get dirty more easily and generates a dependency on the use of shampoos that in turn deteriorate the hair fibers and the scalp.
"It is important to know how to detect the most common toxic substances found in the cosmetic industry and which should be avoided if we want 100% healthy skin."
We can find them in facial creams, in hair products and also in deodorants. When it comes to a conventional synthetic perfume, the word parfum is a disaster drawer, where we can find countless toxic compounds, in addition to various ingredients of animal origin, such as musks or ambergris. Those who opt for toxic-free cosmetics replace them with natural perfumes that combine citrus fruits with essential oils to give the skin a natural refreshing aroma.
Phthalates and toluene, toxic in nail polish
They can be found in conventional cosmetics, nail polish or perfumes and act as fixatives, solvents and softeners. These substances come into contact with the skin through the respiratory tract, passing into the blood and generating a toxic effect linked to hormonal disorders. Toluene is a transparent solvent that facilitates enamel application; it is irritating to the eyes and can cause fatigue and headaches.
Aluminum salts, present in deodorants
Aluminum is the toxin par excellence in cosmetic products such as deodorants. It is the artificial antiperspirant that clogs the sweat glands thus reducing the amount of sweat. Did you know that the smell of sweat is generated by the bacteria present in the armpits through its metabolism? Aluminum salts have the ability to penetrate the skin, favoring the proliferation of degenerative diseases. Breast cancer has also been linked to aluminum toxicity.
Paraffin, fake skin moisturizers
Commonly used in the preparation of body creams, they are responsible for achieving an apparently hydrated skin through its creamy texture. They are usually used as a substitute for vegetable oils and they do so by extracting moisture from the skin, clogging the pores and preventing the skin from breathing naturally. Over time, the paraffins end up drying the skin and causing the appearance of acne and irritations. In case of its use in lipstick, we can get to ingest them and they are stored in the kidneys and liver. The rapid absorption in contact with the skin and the low cost of the raw material are the main reasons why its use is very common in cosmetic beauty products.
“In cosmetics, to prevent the deterioration of the products, extend their useful life and protect them from external pollutants, preservatives are usually used. Many of them are toxic to the immune system and the cause of a large number of allergic reactions, irritations and depigmentation of the skin. "
Ingredients with "chloro", "bromine", "iodine", preservatives to avoid
It is advisable to avoid ingredients that contain the words "chloro", "bromine", "iodine", and toxic substances such as BHA or boric acid, known broad spectrum preservatives. Natural or synthetic preservatives such as sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are accepted by natural cosmetics certifiers.