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Recognize and Avoid Harmful Skincare Ingredients

Skincare are the products that we must use every day. From cleansers, lotions, toners and more. One product can contain hundreds of ingredients! The point is not only to beautify the skin but also to maintain health. But unfortunately not all skincare products in circulation today are safe for us to use. Negligence on the part of the user eventually leads to disaster. To protect the customers, there are institutions that are responsible to oversee skincare products in the market. There are some cases where a skincare brand is not yet authorized or does not meet BPOM standards.

Even though there is already consumer protection, we as skincare users should be wise and careful before buying! Instead of regretting later, let’s learn the ingredients we should avoid first.

Don’t Underestimate the Dangers of Synthetic Chemicals

The more advanced the technology and research system, skincare discoveries as well as innovations increased. Ingredients that we thought were safe can actually trigger an effect. Simply put, every skin is different according to one’s skin type and immunity level. It could be that the synthetic chemicals in skincare A are suitable for you but not for others. 

Generally, people with sensitive skin are more prone to this. It’s just that people’s sensitivity varies. 

Although, there are also skincare made from chemicals that are really negative for us. These are the ingredients that we must avoid because the effects can be long-term. The risks can be in the form of hormone disruption, reproduction, forerunners of cancer, and so on. The longer the exposure and accumulation, the more dangerous the risk. Not only for our health, but the health of the earth can also be threatened by harmful chemicals. How scary is that?

Therefore, we must always pay attention to the ingredients of every product we use. Be a wise customer!

Cross These Chemicals Off Your Skincare List

You can check the skincare ingredients through the label on the bottle or see if a product has passed BPOM on the available website. 

Make sure you avoid some of the chemical list below:

  • Formaldehyde

Commonly found in products: Hair straightener products, nail polish, eyelash glue, and various other cosmetics.

Risks: Potential carcinogen (substance or compound that can cause cancer).

  • Phthalates

Commonly found in products: Perfume, eyelash glue, nail polish, and others.

Risks: Potential as a significant endocrine disruptor. Examples include the risk of early puberty in children and reduced sperm count in men.

  • Siloxanes/Siloxanes

Commonly found in products: Foundations, moisturizers, and some hair products.

Risks: Potential endocrine disruptors and harmful to the environment.

  • Polyethylene glycol (PEGs)

Commonly found in products: Skin and hair care products as thickeners, softeners, or solvents.

Risks: Potential to irritate skin and cause respiratory problems.

  • Triclosan

Commonly found in products: Hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps.

Risks: Negative impact on thyroid and reproductive hormones.

  • Oxybenzone

Commonly found in products: Sunscreen products, lotions, lip balms, cleansers, and baby products.

Risks: Potential to disrupt the endocrine system and skin allergies.

  • Octinoxate

Commonly found in products: Sunscreen products, lotions, lip balms, and other products.

Risks: Potential to disrupt hormones.

  • Toluene

Commonly found in products: Nail polish and hair coloring products.

Risks: Potential to cause brain toxicity, toxic to the immune system and harmful to pregnancy.

  • PFAs and PFCs

Commonly found in products: Sunscreens, tanning products and shaving creams (as fluorinated chemicals).

Risks: Potential cancer forerunner, cause thyroid disease and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

  • Parabens

Commonly found in products: Skin cleansers and other cosmetic products.

Risks: Potential to disrupt hormones, cause cancer and allergic skin reactions.

  • Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)

Commonly found in products: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other skincare.

Risks: Contains anionic detergents that can irritate the skin and eyes and cause skin reactions such as dermatitis as well as skin inflammation.

  • Imidazolidinyl urea

Commonly found in products: Water-based cosmetic products (serves as a preservative/additive)

Risks: May release formaldehyde, making it potentially toxic to humans.

  • Triethanolamine (TEA)

Commonly found in products: Cosmetic and skincare products (In the form of pH level regulators, Example: Surfactants, buffering agents, and masks).

Risks: Potential to form nitrosamines which are carcinogenic and toxic to humans.

  • Chemical Sunscreen

Commonly found in products: Sunscreen products containing benzophenone-3, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (EHMC) and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane. 

Risks: Potential to mimic and disrupt hormone systems.

  • Synthetic colorants

Commonly found in products: Colored cosmetics and skincare products.

Risks: Contains lead and arsenic, making them potential cancer precursors.

  • Synthetic fragrances

Commonly found in products: As chemical fragrance ingredients in skincare and cosmetic products.

Risks: Potential to cause skin sensitivity in the form of rashes, dermatitis and other effects such as coughing, asthma and migraines.

  • Polyacrylamides

Commonly found in products: Serves as a stabilizer, lubricant and foaming agent in color cosmetics and skincare products.

Risks: Potential to break down into acrylamide which is carcinogenic.

  • Hydroquinone

Commonly found in products: Brightening skincare/cosmetic products.

Risks: Potential to cause toxicity to organ systems and trigger cancer.

Here is a list of chemicals that we should avoid guys! Make sure to always be careful before buying!

Guaranteed Safe, Serenitree Natural Skincare

Instead of having to be worried when using new products, it’s easier if we switch to natural skincare products. Guaranteed safe in an instant!

Natural products, such as Serenitree, are safe for all users, even children and pregnant women can use them. One more tip, to reduce the risk of skin allergies, you should use one skincare brand that has proven its safety. Changing product brands too often can also be dangerous.

Let’s start caring more about what we apply or put on our bodies from now on. 

Stay tuned to Serenitree social media for updates on the latest product launches and skincare tips from us! Be safe always guys!

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