Thursday, 10 July 2014

3 harmful chemical substances present in skin care products

There are a lot of people around the world whose skin get damaged due to having spent too much time under the sun, which emits harmful UV rays day in and day out. However, in their quest to treat their sun damaged skin, a lot of them tend to resort to the usage of harmful chemicals that should otherwise be avoided at all costs. A big of ignorance can prove costly not only in terms of money but overall well being as well as some of these chemical substances aggravate the condition instead of treat it. Here are some of the substances that you should ensure are not present in your skin care products. 

Parabens: These ingredients contain certain hormone disrupting effects, which is termed as endocrine dysfunction in medical terms. The main purpose of these substances is to stop the occurrences of microbes in cosmetic products. However, when they get absorbed by our skin, they can have a devastating impact on some of the vital organs of our body. Recent studies have found that that these substances tend to enhance the toxic levels in our reproductive systems and can easily be linked to dreadful diseases like skin cancer, neurotoxicity, etc. So, make sure that the product you are using for your sun damaged skin does not contain this chemical.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is yet another chemical that is commonly found in the so called ‘skin care’ products. But what you perhaps would be surprised to know is that it is easily one of the most toxic ingredients which is also used for the purpose of cleaning car engines and other machines. Product such as toothpaste, shampoos and hair conditioner do have rich quantities of this chemical. When it combines with other chemicals it produces nitrosamines, a fatal carcinogen leading to conditions such as eye irritation, allergies, etc.

Chemical Sunscreens: People often use chemical sunscreens as a measure to prevent damage of skin due to harmful sunrays. However, the problem with these so called sun protection products is that some of them have chemical filters which are used for the purpose of protecting the skin from UV rays, but lead to certain kinds of side effects as well. This is because they contain a chemical called zinc oxide and oxybenzone that can cause rashes, pigmentation, allergies and other skin related problems.

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