Anti-aging products are a necessity in every woman’s dressing room. These products represent the largest segment of the skincare industry. But, the bitter truth is that many of the ingredients present in these skincare products may actually damage skin health and may increase aging.
Hence, keep an eye out for these ingredients that may harm the skin’s barrier or escalate inflammation, in turn disrupting all of your youth-preserving efforts.
Hence, check out the list and try to avoid them the next you use skin care products.
These severe agents are usually used in floor-scrubbing solutions, car-wash soaps and engine degreasers. So, why would you want to put them on your face? Sulfates are found in everything – cleansers, body washes, shampoos, body washes and even toothpastes, plus they are a major cause of irritation and skin dryness since they impair the skin barrier and allows water to evaporate off the skin and allergens to creep in.
Ingredients to watch out for: Sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate. (Sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, and plant saponins are milder in abundance if you really need suds in your shampoos and cleansers. Those with dry skin should choose non-foaming cleansers.)
Though these ammonia compounds may not have telltale scent, these ingredients dry out the hair and skin. They can also lead to allergic reactions causing redness and inflammation.
Ingredients to watch out for: DEA, TEA, MEA
Mineral oil has strong moisturizing capabilities and is derived from petroleum. Some reports however suggest that it may increase your risk of skin cancer. Although, this is still not known whether it’s 100-percent the case, it is sure that natural oils containing linoleic acid and antioxidants are a much better option. Experts suggest switching to oils such as argan, grapeseed and jojoba. If you are not acne-prone, safflower oil and coconut oil are good choices.
Sun protection is the best anti-aging product available in the market today, but chemical-based SPF ingredients may really generate free radicals when exposed to UV light. In order to prevent this possibly age-accelerating injury, find a chemical sunscreen that contains antioxidants. You can also use a layer of antioxidant serum under your sunscreen to neutralize free radicals. Use a sunscreen with zinc oxide such as EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46.
Ingredients to watch out for: Oxybenzone, benzophenone-3, octyl methoxycinnamate
Alcohols shred away natural oils and damage the skin barrier. This in turn leaves the skin dry, irritated and more prone to premature aging. Oily skin types can use alcohol because they have an abundance of lipids (fats) on the skin but dry types should beware.
Ingredients to watch out for: SD alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol
Many acne sufferers turn to benzoyl peroxide to keep their skin clear. But you might get surprised to know that this antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient may be a source of aging free radicals. This is because it relies on free radicals to kill the P. acnes bacteria that cause acne.
Oxygen facials and skincare products with oxygen may cause an upsurge in free radicals. It is crucial to remember that a free radical is an oxygen molecule with a rough number of electrons. When a free radical destroys cell membranes, cellular DNA and other cell components, the process of Oxidation takes place. Hence, if you use these treatments, layer it with an antioxidant serum to guard the skin from the free radicals.
Beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)
Salicylic acid eliminates dead skin and improves the texture and color of sun-damaged skin. It enters oil-laden hair follicle openings and also helps with acne, as a result. There are many skin care products available that contain salicylic acid. Some are available over-the-counter and others need a doctor’s prescription. Studies have revealed that salicylic acid is less irritating than skin care products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, while providing similar improvement in skin.
So….think wisely before using these chemical based skincare products for your delicate and soft skin!