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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hidden toxins in your bathroom cabinet

June 07, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Is your bathroom cabinet stuffed with toxins?  Is your make-up or toiletry bag a blend of chemicals that could harm you?  YES is probably the answer to both questions.  The skin is the body’s largest organ and up to 60% of some of the chemicals we put on it may be absorbed into our bloodstream.


It is actually worse to put toxins on your skin then it is to eat them.  Your liver contains detoxifying enzymes which break down toxic elements. What you apply to your skin can go directly into your bloodstream.

Check out the infographic below to find out which dangerous ingredients you should try to avoid and why.  

Always check  the ingredients list on your bottles and jars: the higher up the list these dangerous ingredients come, the greater the concentration.  Read the labels and the ingredients list very carefully before purchasing!


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid! | A safer alternative

July 02, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My previous post was all about SPF and misconceptions about sunscreen.  Read it here.  Today's post is about sunscreen ingredients you should avoid!

So, what’s wrong with our sunscreens?
Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that mess with our hormones and can play a significant role in cancer development.  You should avoid these chemicals and find a safer alternative.  


Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and non-mineral/chemical filters.  Each ingredient has different uses for protecting the skin and keeping its stability under sunlight.  Yet each may be hazardous to human health

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters.  These products typically include a combination of two or more of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzoneoctisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, octinoxateretinyl palmitate and paraben preservatives.  

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Also, a small amount of sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Read the infographic below and learn why you need to skip sunscreen products that contain these chemicals.


Looking for a safer alternative?  Why not try to make your own sunscreen using the ingredients below?


You can find the recipe, here!


Does your favourite sunscreen contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients?  Will you be making your own sunscreen this summer?  Do you want more DIY sunscreen recipes?  Do let me know in the comments below!  






Friday, October 21, 2011

Haircare products may cause acne!

October 21, 2011 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Did you know that not only skincare products but also hair care products, can cause acne (acne cosmetica)?  If you breakout primarily around your hairline and/or forehead, your hair care products could be the cause.  That’s because, greasy or irritating ingredients in sprays, gels, mousses and waxes can clog pores.

hair gel
hair gel
Furthermore, your shampoo and conditioner may also cause acne around the hairline and/or forehead.  As I previously told you in Choosing facial cleansers, most shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  The percentage varies in different shampoos, but these chemicals are highly comedogenic and are known to cause breakouts in some people.  Besides, silicones like Dimethicone are also comedogenic ingredients commonly found in hair care products, particularly conditioners.  (Read Silicone-based hair care products if you want to know more.

shampoo bottles
shampoo and conditioner
So, if you tend to breakout around the hairline and forehead area; shampoo and condition your hair, rinse carefully (with cold water) and always wash your face afterwards.  You should also use as little product as necessary to get the job done.
Have a great weekend!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

Friday, October 07, 2011

Choosing facial cleansers

October 07, 2011 0 Comments
There are different types of facial cleansers, and they have different effects on the skin.  Facial cleansers can be divided mainly into two groups:

  •            Foaming cleansers
  •            Non-foaming cleansers
Foaming Facial Cleansers
You can find various types of foaming facial cleansers, including lotions, creams, gels, mousses and scrubs.

These facial cleansers lather, like soap, and have to be rinsed off with water.  Many people prefer these kinds of cleansers because they believe that they do a better job at cleansing the pores, than non-foaming ones.

Usually, a high foaming cleanser contains harsh deterging agents which, not only cleanse but also strip the skin from its natural oils.  Consequently, those kinds of cleansers dry and irritate the skin.  Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are foaming agents used in most drugstore cleansers, soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpaste and other products.  Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.  Besides, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are also comedogenic (i.e. can cause acne).

bubbles

Non-Foaming Facial Cleansers
Non-foaming cleansers typically include lotions (aka milks), creams and oils.

The non-foaming facial cleansers tend to be the mildest type of cleanser because they have a very small amount of surfactant (if any) and can be wiped off instead of rinsed off.  For this reason, they can deposit more of the cleanser's helpful ingredients such as; moisturisers, anti-oxidants and vitamins, on the skin.

Avoid using harsh deterging chemicals, on your skin, scalp and hair, as much as possible.  Try using natural and/or organic products that do not contain any harmful ingredients.  Always check the ingredients before buying a new product (any products, not just beauty products).  


In an earlier post, I wrote about irritating and comedogenic ingredients that can be found in beauty products.  Check it out and find out what other ingredients you should avoid!

XOXO
Euphrasie85  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Know your products: comedogenic and irritating ingredients

September 16, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If I had to ask how many of you pay attention to the ingredients list when choosing a beauty product, the answer would probably be very few.  The main reason for this is that the majority of us (the consumers) have no idea what the scientific names of the ingredients mean.  Nonetheless, I do think that is it crucial to understand the importance of ingredients, especially for those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin.

test tubes

But what does Comedogenic mean?  This means that the product may contribute to the production of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), and therefore may cause or aggravate acne.  When ingredients are tested for their comedogenic or irritating level, they are ranked on a scale of 0-5. 0 means that the ingredient is non-comedogenic and non-irritating, while an ingredient that receives a 5 is the worst in terms of comedogenic/irritating levels.


Remember that all ingredient lists are in order of predominance, with the ingredients used in the greatest amount first, followed in descending order by those in smaller amounts.  So if you find a product, and you see it has a potentially irritating ingredient towards the end, it is less likely to cause skin problems.


However, the actual comedogenicity of a product cannot be predicted from its contents; rather the finished product itself needs to be tested.  Reactions are more likely to occur if the applied cosmetics are left to sit on the skin (e.g. make-up and moisturisers) and are not removed after use (e.g. cleansers)


Tip:


Look for the terms “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”, and for products that are labelled “oil-free” or “water-based”.  Still, it’s important to test products for yourself rather than to believe statements made on the labels.


Below you can find a list of the most common ingredients found in make-up and skincare products.  For more details, I advise you to check my source Dermaxime, where you can find everything you need to know about the subject.


Highly Comedogenic 
Acetylated Lanolin
Algae Extract
Algin
Butyl Stearate
Carrageenan
Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetyl Acetate
Cetyl Alcohol
Cocoa butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
D & C Red #17, 21, 3, 30, 36
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl-3-Diisosterate
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate/Linolate/Myristate/Palmitate (Isopropyl alcohol is OK)
Isostearyl Isosterate/Neopentanoate
Laureth #23, 4
Lauric Acid
Myristyl Lactate/Myristate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleth-3
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
Polyglyceryl-3-Diisosterate
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Lauryl Suflate
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Stearyl Heptanoate
Syearyl Heptanoate
Wheat Germ Oil
Xylene


Moderately Comedogenic
Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Arachidic Acid
Ascorbyl Palmitate
Avocado Oil
Azulene
BHA
Benzaldehyde
Benzoic Acid
Cajeput Oil
D & C Red #19, 27, 40
Glyceral Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Olive Oil
PEG 150 Distearate
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
Sandelwood Seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Shark Liver Oil
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride


Highly Irritating
Acetone
Algae Extract
Algin
Cajeput Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol
Laureth 4
Octyl Stearate
SD ALcohol 40


Moderately Irritating
BHA
Benzaldehyde
Benzoic Acid
Camphor
Flowers of Sulfur
Isopropyl Myristate
Capric Acid
Caprylic Acid
PEG 16 Lanolin
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Tridectyl Neopentanoate
Xylene


Next time you shop for a beauty product, keep an eye out!


XOXO
Euphrasie85