Many of us have found ways to reduce our use of gasoline, plastic bags, and other petroleum-based products. But did you know that most, if not all, of your standard skincare and cosmetic products contain petrochemicals? Moreover, petroleum is not only unhealthy for the environment; it poses a risk for your skin too.
In English, the word “alcohol” usually refers to ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, which is most commonly found in alcoholic beverages. In the cosmetics industry however, you may also find ingredients such as benzyl or cetyl alcohol. The question is, are any of these chemicals beneficial when it comes to your skincare?
Although silicone is a popular ingredient in skincare and cosmetics products, advertised as a miracle solution for everything from concealment to anti-aging, there are some recent clinical studies that have shown that the same qualities that make the mineral attractive to cosmetic manufacturers can prove problematic to users over time.
Recent media coverage has begun to expose the dangers of phthalates, often used to improve texture or to alter the taste of alcohol ingredients in in beauty and skin products. What is alarming is that they are proven to enter the human bloodstream through the skin, yet they are used in products intended for children and even infants.
Chemicals have become so entrenched in our consumer lifestyle that we barely even notice how many of them we are consuming or applying to our body each day. Your facial cleanser alone probably contains about 10 different chemical compounds. One or more of these is likely a sulfate, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, a substance you might want to avoid.
When thinking of animal testing laboratories, most of us picture wire cages stacked along cold white walls, while innocent, mournful eyes peek through steel bars. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too real in hundreds of labs across the country. However, more and more beauty companies are ceasing animal testing.