ICYMI: 5 Beauty Product Ingredients You Should Nix, ASAP
Whether your skin care ritual involves two products or 10, the list of ingredients is guaranteed to be lengthy. We get it—it takes a lot of mixology to create some of our favorites, but what if these ingredients are actually doing us more harm than good? As the world of beauty evolves and shoppers get savvier (on Instagram and beyond), experts are following suit by revealing the truth about product recipes. And unfortunately, that means we are discovering that some of the most commonly used products are wreaking havoc on our skin, hair, and teeth.
The good news? Lots of alternatives (natural and otherwise) exist to replace the bad guys. Peep the seven beauty product ingredients below that are commonly found in our beauty care products, and suggestions on what to use instead.
Found in almost all apricot-labeled facial and body scrubs, apricot pit is very harsh on your skin and can cause breakage and tearing, and risks being caught in wider pores. While the actual apricot fruit can be good for your health, using the pit is a cheap beauty shortcut many companies use.
Use an oatmeal, sugar, or salt scrub or any other natural ingredients. Just make sure to stay away from microbeads…Microbeads
If you’ve ever used a face scrub, exfoliating body wash or even just regular toothpaste, then it’s almost certain that you’ve come across the topical little beads that are up for review (and maybe even a ban).
‘Microbeads’ are those tiny plastic beads used in the cosmetics industry for exfoliation purposes. In shower gels, you might see colorful ones floating in the gel, or they may be hidden in products you wouldn’t even think about (AKA, your toothpaste.)
Why shouldn’t you use them? They’re plastic, cheap to make, and are too small to be filtered by our sewage system into the oceans where they absorb toxins and get eaten by fish and other sea animals, contaminating and killing them. The environment aside, using them is essentially rubbing plastic across your skin.
Try a scrub that uses oatmeal or salt to exfoliate, both of which are much better for your skin, and find a toothpaste that doesn’t contain them.False eyelashes
In most Western cultures, long eyelashes have been deemed aesthetically pleasing. However, when we alter the ratio that Mother Nature invoked, we inevitably create some unwanted consequences. The length of our eyelashes are scientifically formulated to keep things like dust, dirt, and debris, out of our eyes; that’s made a lot harder when we start interfering.
Simply put: when individuals artificially lengthen their eyelashes with cosmetics, glues, and chemicals, it starts to break down the health of the real eyelashes, not to mention the tear ducts and the lids.
Use an eyelash growing serum or a natural lengthening mascara. It might not quite give you the length you’d get with false lashes, but your eyes and skin will thank you in the long run.Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo—it’s convenient, easy to use, and great for the laziest (or busiest) among us. What’s not to love?
Not so fast. When you cleanse or shampoo, you’re exfoliating the scalp, encouraging blood flow and removing dead skin. Using dry shampoo every day can over time dull the color of your hair. Formulas for dry shampoo usually contain aluminum starch or corn starch, which appear matte, making the color in your hair appear less shiny and healthy.
If you’re unable to cut it out completely, try to use dry shampoo only once between washes.Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is tricky—listed along with good oils like coconut, jojoba, and almond, it’s actually made from petroleum, and enough of it can cause diarrhea and nausea. The amount that’s in your bubble bath, eye makeup remover, and lip gloss isn’t that dangerous, but it could be problematic for sensitive skin, especially when contained in face or hair oils, or any kind of skin wash.
Any natural oils like jojoba, coconut, olive, almond, vitamin E are all great for your skin, and they’re typically affordable, too.
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