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effects of parabens, they have been found to contain
estrogen-mimicking properties that have been linked to
certain forms of cancer.
Petroleum distillates. This group of ingredients is
typically found in foundations, lotions, mascara, etc.
to provide fragrance and lock in moisture. They are
hydrocarbon solvents produced from crude oil that
have been found to contain cancer-causing impurities.
According to some research, they are of high concern
with regards to toxicity, and they’re a known skin and
Fragrance. Fragrance is somewhat of a catchall term
that allows manufacturers to get away with creating
rather ambiguous or secret formulas. Often, these
concoctions contain hormone disruptors and various
chemicals, and are among the top allergic-reaction
triggers. They’re found in everything from perfumes to
lotions to cleansers and beyond.
Synthetic vitamin E. Found in many makeup
products (designated with a “dl” prefix), it has been
shown to create free radicals in the skin. A study in the
early 2000s revealed that the synthetic form of vitamin
E produces negative effects on the skin and body and is
not as easily synthesized as the natural version.
Sunscreen chemicals. While avobenzone, oxybenzone
and octinoxate are widely debated, some research has
shown these chemical blockers to actually absorb UV
light, which may exacerbate the problem they were
aiming to solve in the first place. They are highly
absorbable by the skin, and have also been found to be
endocrine disruptors. Many manufacturers have started
adding sunscreen to their cosmetics, which is a good
thing. However, in the presence of skin sensitivities, it
may be better to opt for a natural mineral blocker.
These are just some of the chemical or
industrial-produced ingredients that have made their
way into cosmetics over the years. However, there are
numerous others. While the impacts of many of these
are still widely debated, it is best to eliminate as many
potential irritants as possible when the goal is to help
clients achieve optimal skin health. Luckily, today there
are more natural alternatives available.
Makeup has evolved significantly over the years,
as manufacturers and researchers have discovered
healthier, more anti-aging alternative ingredients.
Through advancements in ingredients and distillation
processes, it is now possible to have beauty and healthy
skin. In fact, many of the ingredients we’re using in the
treatment room and prescribed home care also make
for ideal ingredients in cosmetic products. Antioxidants,
natural minerals, vitamins, and omega essential fatty
acids are now being incorporated into beauty counter
products like foundations, powders and lip glosses to
further support optimal skin health.
The following are a few healthy skin-promoting
ingredients to look for in cosmetics.
Bismuth oxychloride. Found in mineral makeup,
bismuth oxychloride is responsible for that pearly,
iridescent look. It is an inorganic compound naturally
found in the mineral bismoclite. It provides a smooth,
luxurious feel and is the key ingredient that helps keep
powder looking fresh all day.
Mica. A light, natural, silicate mineral, this is
another ingredient that helps give the skin that
luminous glow and iridescence.
Boron nitride. An ultra-trace mineral, boron
nitride is an essential plant nutrient found in various
crystalline forms. It improves the application of the
mineral foundation and adheres to the skin for long
Tapioca powder. We commonly see this in foods;
however, it is also a great alternative thickening agent
in cosmetics. It is a natural starch extract from the
cassava root and is responsible for giving powder a light
feel on the skin.
Carrot seed extract. Carrot seed provides
antioxidant, antiseptic and beta-carotene support and
is known to help sensitive skin. A natural alternative to Take the entire ingredient deck of cosmetics into consideration.
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