5 Ingredients You Won't Find in Clean Beauty

These five ingredients should be a no-go in your skincare routine.
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Mar. 5
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In the last decade, clean beauty brands have been popping up in stores, online, and just about anywhere you can get your skin care product fix. However, some "clean" beauty and skin care brands still use ingredients that are known to be harmful not only to skin's surface, but also to different parts of the body. Here are five ingredients you should keep an eye out for when you're searching for your next beauty buy.Artificial Fragrance/ParfumWhat it is: A complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. What it does: Other than making products smell appealing, fragrance and perfumes have no positive impacts on skin care. Why it's bad: Skin care products that contain artificial fragrances are more likely to trigger skin allergies, eczema, and other irritations. A natural alternative: Sourcing products that are unscented or lightly scented with naturally derived extracts and essential oils can provide the same experience as artificial perfumes without the risks.Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA and others)What they are: Ethanolamines are chemical groups comprised of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and alcohols. What they do: Preserve products for a longer shelf life. When ethanolamines are used in the same product as certain preservatives that break down into nitrogen, they can form nitrosamines. Why they're bad: The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists nitrosamines as possible and known carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents. In fact, the European Commission prohibits DEA in cosmetics due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines. A natural alternative: None. Avoid this ingredient if you can! PolyacrylamideWhat it is: A synthetic resin. What it does: Found in anti-aging products and many moisturizers, polyacrylamide is typically used as a binder and stabilizer. Why it's bad: This ingredient is chemically made up of repeating chains of acrylamide which, when broken down, is a suspected carcinogen. The use of acrylamide is banned in cosmetics in the EU, but the ingredient is found in many skin care products produced in other parts of the world. A natural alternative: Zilch. Another one to avoid! Clean beauty will have naturally shorter shelf lives, but it is worth it! Mineral OilWhat it is: Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product that coats your skin like plastic. What it does: This oil clogs pores rather than absorbing into and nourishing your skin. Why it's bad: When mineral oil coats and clogs, it interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, increasing likelihood of acne and other disorders. A natural alternative: Rosehip seed oil, marula oil, and argan oils have many benefits for your skin including proper moisturization.ParabensWhat they are: A preservative. What they do: They are highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi, bacteria and yeast that can cause products to spoil. Why they're bad: Parabens are known to cause endocrine disruption and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Parabens can also elevate cellular level damage caused by UV exposure, which may even cause skin cancer. A natural alternative: Zero! Basically, synthetic preservatives are a no-no.
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