Skin is our body’s largest organ. It serves as a protective barrier between your insides and the rest of the world, helps to regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Skin exists in a constant state of growth, with old cells dying as new cells are forming. It’s affected by every aspect of your life, from what you eat to where you live. Healthy skin is better in fighting signs of aging, healing minor cuts and preventing potential diseases. Skin absorbs around 60% of what we put on it. That is why it is extremely important to pay close attention to the ingredients in your skin care products. While there are certainly lots of studies with different perspectives on this topic, everyone can agree that using natural products is the safest bet for you and the environment.
Ilus has listed 5 top ingredients to AVOID when picking skincare products.
5 Ingredients to avoid:
are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. Parabens easily penetrate the skin. Parabens have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer.
used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. DEA and its compounds cause mild to moderate skin and eye irritation. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of these chemicals has been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid.
Sodium laureth sulfate
is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, body wash, soaps, detergents and body wash. SLS is known as a skin irritant and should be avoided.
Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients
are used as a preservatives to kill microorganisms, or prevent or inhibit their growth in products. The most common side effect of formaldehyde in cosmetics is skin irritation. Low levels of formaldehyde have been found to cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
is a high production volume ingredient used as a bactericide in personal care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soap, has been linked to heart disease and heart failure.
NOTE: All JOIK products are free of listed ingredients