How to Find a Quality Line of Skin and Personal Care Products?12:00 AM
- Parabens are preservatives that keep mold and bacteria out of cosmetics. However, they’re very similar to the female hormone estrogen, and when they absorb through the skin they can confuse your body’s natural processes. They’ve been linked to breast cancer and other hormone disorders, so be sure to avoid them!
- SLS/SLES, short for sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, are the chemicals that make soaps and cleaning products bubble. They do their job, but they can also be very irritating to the skin and eyes, especially if your face and scalp are sensitive. SLS free soaps and shampoos can make a big difference if you’re fighting dry skin.
- Toluens can show up on a label as benzene, toluol or methylbenzene. It’s used as a solvent to help various ingredients mix, but it can also irritate the lungs and throat and cause nausea, as well as irritate the skin like SLS. It’s most commonly found in hair dyes, but it pops up in nail polish, body wash, and other hair products.
- Dry skin is dull, flaky, and prone to itching and cracks, even if you’ve been outside and sweating. Avoid exfoliants: they’ll just further irritate skin that’s already broken and cracking. Wash with a moisturizing soap (bar soaps are best) and look for moisturizers that are healing and long-lasting.
- Oily skin is shiny and slick by the end of the day, and leaves you prone to breakouts and blackheads. Dermatologists recommend treating it with a face wash containing an AHA like salicylic acid. These mild medications help dry out and sooth your skin, and shrink pores to prevent infection. Don’t go overboard with the scrubbing: if you strip away too many natural oils, you can stimulate your skin into producing even more.
- Sensitive skin is very easily irritated, and will often flake and crack like dry skin. If you’re prone to itching or washes and toners sting your skin, you’re probably sensitive skinned. Fragrances and dyes often irritate sensitive skin and cause breakouts, so fragrance free or lightly scented products will be best for you. A good unscented moisturizer will soothe cracks and damage and help your skin stay healed and healthy.