I’ve always had my eye out for these words on the labels of my skin care products.. 100% sulfate free, paraben, and silicone free, organic, and cruelty free. These are the words you want to look out for. However, clever marketing teams for skin care brands, have found new words to place on their ingredient labels. Lengthy words that we cannot pronounce and do not know the definition of.
So, some history here. I started paying closer attention to skin care ingredients when I came across a brand who had a “NEVER LIST” ingredients that they NEVER used when formulating their products. I could not believe all of the bad stuff that has been used to formulate skin care products. I mean we have a skin routine for a reason, to have healthy skin, right? And to top it off the skincare industry isn’t even regulated. So, brands can basically put whatever they want into their products. HORRIFYING!
Well, after being prompted to do further research into a few of my favorite brands, I was left horrified and shocked to say the least at what I found I had been putting on my skin and into my blood stream. Here I am, trusting brands to be who and what they say they are, only to find out they are not actually being completely honest or transparent. After spending 24 straight hours (no sleep) researching product ingredients, I uncovered that I had been spending my hard-earned money on products that are pretty much poison!
The DIRTY 7 Ingredients
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (found in foundations)
SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.
- BHA (found in exfoliants)
“The National Toxicology Program” classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels.
- Parabens (found in makeup, moisturizers)
The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutyl parabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.
- Retinol (found in moisturizer, lip products, sunscreen, anti-aging products)
Retinol products have the opposite intended effect and become carcinogenic in sunlight, making it extra important to only use them at night and to avoid any sunscreens containing retinol-derived ingredients.
- Fragrances (found in moisturizers)
Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.
- Oxybenzone (found in sunscreen)
Oxybenzone is one of the highest-risk chemicals found in sunscreen. It acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women.
- Dimethicone (found in moisturizers)
Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation. It traps everything under it-including bacteria, sebum, and impurities-which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads. The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities-like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc. Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant.
Why I use Saranghae
I am committed to using skin care products developed by brands that actually use healthy and effective ingredients, brands such as Saranghae.
Highlights of Saranghae’s ingredients:
- Supercritical Fluid Extraction of 20 Asian Botanical Ingredients
- Award Winning Natural Preservative SH-Napre technology
- Phellinus Linteus Mushroom – Saranghae is the only brand to use this healing mushroom!
- Read More about Saranghaes ingredients here
In addition to these innovative and natural ingredients, Saranghae’s products smell amazing! This doesn’t surprise me since 20 Asian botanicals are infused into the products.. Sooo good! They really are an amazing brand with thoughtful formulations you cannot find anywhere else. Not to mention, Saranghae is 100% vegan and cruelty free.
So, I ask you to do some research into what’s in your bathroom vanity and makeup bag. Google every ingredient that you cannot pronounce or don’t know the definition of and decide for yourself what your skin and health means to you.
Tip: check for where they fall in the ingredient list. One bad ingredient way down on the list isn’t as bad as being in the top five of the list and having multiple bad ingredients in one product. If it ends in cone or xane, do further research on the product and it’s ingredients and proceed with CAUTION!
Saranghae is an award winning "#Korean inspired anti aging skin care routine" that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Our active ingredients are a combination of 10 Asian botanicals that are extremely high in antioxidants and amino acids. Saranghae is based on a highly secretive 600 year old formulation that has been passed through generations.
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