Harmful Ingredients To Avoid During A Skincare Routine And Cosmetic Treatment

We elaborated upon the latest cosmetic evolutions in the last decade in a recent article. (Read our article on Top Cosmetic Evolutions Of The Last Decade)

We will help in educating you further about the various harmful ingredients one should avoid while finding skincare routine and cosmetic treatment products.

Significance of proper skin care routine

Skin care is an essential part of one's beauty routine, and the skin being the largest organ in the body, requires a certain amount of effort to take care of it. Thus, proper skin care can prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and other skin problems.

Know your skin type

Knowing your skin type is the most critical factor in determining what skincare products will work best for you. Say, for example-

Oily skin: People with oily skin should look for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients effectively control excess sebum production, while hyaluronic acid will deliver hydration only to required areas.

Dry skin: People with dry skin should look for shea butter and lactic acid-based products. These ingredients will provide hydration and mild exfoliation to keep dry skin looking radiant.

Sensitive skin: People with sensitive skin should look for products that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, oatmeal, or shea butter – to list a few. These types of products are created to be gentle and have fewer ingredients to avoid an allergic reaction. They should also make a conscious effort to use products free of fragrance, dyes, and irritants that may cause redness and irritation.

 Types of skin

Ingredients to be avoided in the skincare routine

Many skincare products available in the market do not deliver on their promises and are just full of marketing gimmicks that lend false hope to unsuspecting individuals. Unfortunately, many of these products contain harmful ingredients that end up doing you more harm than good and, in some instances, can lead to long-term skin defects. Listed below are some of the ingredients one should avoid:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a common ingredient in facial cleansers and household cleaning products such as detergents and floor cleaners; used for making products lather and foam up better. It is one of the hidden nasties that cause skin irritation and natural oil or moisture loss in the skin.

Propylene Glycol

Gaseous hydrocarbons act as "Surfactants" in a liquid state and penetrate the skin quickly. They weaken the protein and cellular structure, causing skin irritation due to the protein breakdown - a significant component of the skin's cells.

Polyethylene Glycol

Another common ingredient in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease, Polyethylene Glycol can alter and reduce the skin's natural moisture factor. They strip the skin's natural barrier and remove moisture from the skin, causing severe dryness, irritation, and acne.

Mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)

Mineral oils are a component in many creams, lotions, ointments, and cosmetics. They are a petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging its pores. Mineral oils are incredibly harmful because they interfere with the skin's ability to absorb nutrients and release toxins, suffocating the skin and increasing the likelihood of acne.

Talc or Talcum

Talc is a popular filler in makeup products like face powders and eye shadows. And, when it is not appropriately purified, it can be contaminated with asbestos, which is a known human carcinogen. Moreover, they block the skin's pores, causing congestion and increasing the chances of developing facial acne.

Parabens and artificial preservatives

Anything synthetic should always raise a red flag. Keep an eye out for ingredient names containing Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl, DMDM hydantoin, Urea or Phthalates. These can be responsible for skin irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and even trigger asthma.

While figuring out what ingredients to avoid in skincare products can feel daunting, the list of unsafe and toxic chemicals included in many mass-market cosmetic and skincare products can seem overwhelming. Your best bet is to use the above information to find a brand you can trust.

At IIWAM, we teach our students more than just skin cosmetology. We train them to be the best Aesthetic practitioner out in the field as we believe that all Aesthetic practitioners undergo proper training in Aesthetic Medicine. They must balance between benefits & risks of the Aesthetic procedure and steps to mitigate complications if they may occur. At IIWAM, we call it understanding the procedure, the product, and the patient. Our trainers indeed pay utmost attention to teaching under our best cosmetology courses.

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