Beauty Ingredients Bad for Your Skin

Knowing exactly what is in your favourite beauty product is crucial for beautiful, healthy looking skin. Not all cosmetic chemicals are good for you. DESIblitz explores which bad beauty ingredients you should avoid.

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If you feel your skincare isn't working, ditch those products and start afresh.

Glowing, glistening and dewy skin: an ideal which everyone aspires to have.

Nowadays, with so many one-stop solutions on the shelves of beauty counters everywhere, perfect skin is only a product or two away.

Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and needs care both internally and externally.

But how many of us actually know what is in the products that we expose our skin to?

According to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep, the average woman uses 12 products each day which in total contain 168 different ingredients and chemicals.

In comparison, men use 6 products on average, which amount to 85 unique ingredients.

Bad Beauty Ingredients You Should Avoid

A lot of these cosmetic chemicals have been created to penetrate the inner layers of your skin. In some cases, they can even be absorbed deeper, and into the bloodstream.

Depending on our skin type and nature, our body absorbs these external chemicals and either reacts positively or negatively.

There is no denying the pleasure you feel whilst applying a rich and beautifully fragranced moisturiser onto your skin.

In order to ensure we are feeding our skin with the correct nutrients (as well as drinking plenty of water), we must also be well-rehearsed as to what we are applying on top of our skin as well.

So, see our list below of key chemicals and ingredients you should steer clear from!

Mineral Oil

Bad Beauty Ingredients You Should Avoid

Mineral Oil is a byproduct of petroleum and a natural product derived from the Earth.

It is best used for medicinal purposes as a treatment for constipation and fantastic for wounds because of its plastic and thick texture.

Mineral oil is usually called liquid paraffin and consequently used for severe dry skin conditions or eczema. If you have oily skin, this is an ingredient to steer away from as it will provide a slippery feel to the face.

The controversy surrounding this ingredient is it allegedly clogs pores and suffocates skin.

Check the ingredients of your skincare stash and see if mineral oil is included. If you feel your skincare isn’t working, ditch those products and start afresh.

If you feel your products are working for you, keep using them or just to be safe, stay away from mineral oil.

Synthetic Fragrances

Bad Beauty Ingredients You Should Avoid

Synthetic fragrances not only disrupt the skin through causing skin irritations and severe allergic reactions, it is completely unnecessary within our beauty products.

Artificial fragrances often include harmful chemicals which can cause irritation to your skin, nose and throat.

Synthetic fragrances are the common trigger of severe headaches and dizziness and other sensitivities.

The best alternative is to use essential oils instead of these artificial fragrances.

Alcohol or Isopropyl

Bad Beauty Ingredients You Should Avoid

Alcohol in beauty products can often cause tightness and discomfort on the skin.

It strips the skin of its natural oils causing the skin to produce more oil to make up the oil that has been lost.

Additionally, if one has dry skin, using cleansers or toners which are rich in alcohol will cause severe dryness and sensitivity which can easily be eradicated.

Alcohol also makes the skin more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.

Commercial toners are usually heavily ridden with alcohol in a bid to further cleanse one’s skin and restore the pH balance of the skin.

However, the best alternatives is to use natural ingredients such as rose water which serves as a fantastic toner.


Beauty Products Parabens

Parabens are a naturally occurring chemicals found in soybeans, flax, raspberries, and cucumbers.

They are most likely non harmful despite the bad press parabens receive, and in small doses within your personal beauty products, you may find them to be completely safe.

However, for individuals who do not have a normal skin type, or have very sensitive or dry skin, they could be susceptible to skin irritations and allergic reactions.

Parabens have also been quite controversial as they have allegedly been linked to breast cancer and estrogenic activity, which is associated with aiding the growth of tumours.

However, several recent studies have founded that the use of parabens in cosmetic products have not been linked to the above.

Nonetheless, it is better to be safe than sorry and avoid parabens where possible.

For more help on checking for bad ingredients in your products, check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.

As much fun as buying, trying and testing new beauty products can be, we also need to be aware of what is being applied on our faces as not everything is as it seems.

Refraining from certain ingredients and being aware of what is being applied on the skin will ensure your skin is beautiful and as healthy as can be.

Sakinah is an English and Law graduate who is a self-proclaimed beauty expert. She will provide you with tips to bring out your outer and inner beauty. Her motto: “Live and let live.”

Sonam Kapoor image courtesy of L'Oreal Vogue