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Do You REALLY Know What’s in Your Skincare Products?
Research shows that we actually consume more toxins through skin absorption and inhalation than we do through the foods we consume. Our personal care products make up a huge component in our overall health and well-being. If you feel that you are eating healthy, drinking lots of water (at least 8 glasses daily) and taking the right supplements but are still lacking energy or having health challenges, it may be time to take a look in your bathroom cabinet and see what's in the products you use daily.
By understanding what's in your skincare products, you gain a sense of independence in knowing whats best for your skin, possible allergy risks and other warning signs you should take heed to. We've taken the time to go over the four most basic skincare products almost everyone uses and what to look for or avoid when using these products.
1. Cleansers. Soaps and facial cleansers are designed to remove dirt, sweat sebum, and oils from the skin. They do so with the use of surfactants; chemical agents that surround dirt and oil, dissolving them and making it easier for water to wash them away. While the surfactants found in soap are intended to leave the skin feeling clean, unfortunately, it's not always the case. Some surfactants have an adverse effect on the outer layer of the skin. This ingredient can cause dryness, redness and irritation and ultimately undermines the skins natural barrier function.
2. Facial Masks. The trendy facial mask movement is upon us! From Sephora to CVS, Walgreens and Target, you can find these mask just about everywhere. But have you ever stopped to wonder what these masks are actually made of? Below are a few harmful ingredients you should avoid and their components:
Parabens: Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, topical/parental pharmaceuticals, suntan products, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives. (Wikipedia)
Formaldehyde: I colorless pungent gas in solutions made by oxidizing methanol. The international Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a carcinogenic (cancerous) to humans. (Dictionary.com)
Phthalates: Banned in Europe & linked to birth defects, infertility and cancer. Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid. They are mainly used as plasticizers, i.e., substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride (Wikipedia)
Sulfates: One common sulfate is "Sodium Layryl Sulfate, an emulsifier used to help clean and create lather. You should try to avoid anything that lists the following: SLS ,SLES, Sodium dodecylsulfate, sodium or sodium laurel ether sulfate. These have the potential to be tainted by 1,4-dioxane, which is another well know carcinogen.
3. Serums. First of all, serum has a thinner texture and usually comes in liquid form. Due to its small molecules, your skin can absorb it much faster and works deeper. Choosing a decent Serum can be tough when not all products are created the same. There are several forms of the serum on the market with the most common and effective type being L-ascorbic acid. However, this type of ointment is highly acidic and can potentially irritate very sensitive skin.
4. Facial Moisturizers: Selecting a good facial moisturizer can be quite a task. One rule of thumb you should remember is, that all-natural products are better than artificial chemicals. Moisturizers with antioxidants such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, or licorice root extract may help keep any skin type looking fresh and healthy. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals -- molecules that break down skin cells.
House of Reine Approach
House of Reine combines science, sophistication and elements of the earth to give your skin what it needs most: strength, moisture and growth. Our products are free of sulfates, parabens, PEGs, dyes, artificial fragrances, mineral oils and animal cruelty. All products are formulated with natural, organic and plant-based ingredients. These spa-inspired formulas are geared toward comprehensive cleansing, smoothing and firming. Read more and about our formulas ingredients and benefits of using our products by clicking the images below!
In the end, the more gently you treat your skin, the more you help it retain its natural softness, resiliency, and moisture. Knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is incredibly important when developing a skincare routine for optimal results.
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