Your skin is an investment not an expense...
The last time you bought a product from the “beauty isle” in your local pharmacy, department store or supermarket, what made you buy it? Was it the pretty packaging? Was it a beauty influencer that reviewed it online?
Let me ask you a question, did you flip that bottle over and read what ingredients were listed?
It’s ok, because there would have been a time when we didn’t either. But let’s be honest you have to be shy of a degree in chemical engineering to understand or even pronounce some of those ingredients.
Brands spend excessive amounts of $$$ on retail and marketing to make that bottle your taking home look nice and ‘insta worthy’ that most of the time we forget to look if that skin care product actually CARES for your skin.
We thought we would break down some of top culprits that are commonly found in your “sensitive, dermalogically tested and natural” skin products that you should be looking to avoid in your daily skin care routine:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – A surfactant used commonly as a foaming agent and often found in your cheap cleansers, shampoos, body washes.
This ingredient is a known skin irritant so definitely not ideal for people that have existing skin sensitivity, eczema or psoriasis.
SLS strips the skin of its natural oils causing dryness, irritation and reactions. Even your oiliest of skins can become oilier due to the skin overcompensating for the excessive amount of oil that has been harshly stripped from the skin.
A common topic in todays Skin World!
There are good and bad alcohols. Bad alcohols are methanol, isopropyl alcohol, propanol, benzyl alcohol, and sd alcohol (alcohol denat) just to name a few. They can be extremely drying and irritating to the skin, but also may even cause inflammation as they strip the skin of its natural barrier protection.
By breaking down the skin’s barrier, alcohols destroy the substances that protects your skin’s health over the long term. Although alcohols may feel good because they are light and make your skin not feel greasy, and give you that 'squeaky clean feel' it damages the skin's barrier, it leads to an increase of many skin problems such as acne causing bacteria and makes inflammation worse, dehydration/dryness this will be your skin's barrier stripped from its natural water and oils, this is known as 'transepidermal water loss.'
Polyethylene (PEG) Emulsifiers
Polyethylene (PEG) Emulsifiers – These synthetic emulsifiers are used in products to stop the separation of water and oil within their formula. This is yet another known skin irritant that can be especially bad over broken skin (think breakouts/acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry/cracked skin).
These synthetic emulsifiers create a barrier on the skin which stop the secretion of our skins natural oil and sweat, which make up our skins first line of immunity (our barrier). Our skin secretes oil and sweat to protect and restore the skins normal pH, if there is a barrier on the skin and our skin is unable to self-regulate then further damage occurs.