We all have a beauty routine, however simple it may be. It’s a way to pamper ourselves and feel good in our own skin. To this end, we seek to choose the best cosmetics, but in the process we fall into the traps of advertising.
Along these lines, we must be aware that there are certain ingredients that are dangerous to health. Natural cosmetics specialist Tata Harper tells Popsugar what chemicals we should avoid today and forever.
They are often found in a wide variety of products, from skin care products to cleansers. Its purpose is to prevent cosmetics from spoiling, but they can be carcinogenic if used for a long time. That’s why be sure to read “no parabens” on the labels of the products you buy.
Harper advises looking for those cosmetics that have radish root ferment or Leuconostoc; they preserve cosmetics naturally and extend their shelf life to at least 12 months.
According to the expert, many products that act as illuminators contain hydroquinone, a component that, while bleaching the skin, can affect the respiratory tract or even cause cancer. It is currently banned in Canada and the United States.
To avoid this chemical, Tata recommends looking for products containing sea fern extract. “Sea fern is naturally detoxifying and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It stimulates the skin’s natural process of removing melanin rather than simply whitening it,” he says.
Although it is less known than parabens, it has the same function and the same preservative qualities. It is a chemical that is restricted in the European Union because it affects health by causing allergy and nerve problems.
These ingredients are used in anti-ageing products to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and, in turn, give the area a Botox effect by increasing collagen production. The problem is that they are synthetic and end up damaging the appearance of the skin.
The natural choice is to use products that contain natural peptides, such as avocado, which moisturize and nourish the skin, giving it a better youthful appearance.
Polyethylene glycol, also known as PEG, is used to emulsify a formula and improve the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It is often contaminated with impurities such as ethylene oxide, which is used in the manufacture of mustard gas and rail track rails.
An all-natural option that Tata recommends is cosmetics containing cetearyl olivate, which is obtained through olive oil. “The fatty acids in olives give this emulsifier deep moisturizing properties, which help soften the skin,” he says.