The skincare ingredients you should be avoiding
When you pick up a cleanser or other skincare product, it's easy to think you'll be safe going for any old option. But there are certain ingredients you should be avoiding at all costs. With the help of experts, we sum up why reading the back of a bottle is important.
"(I recommend) ditching any products that contain sulphates, alcohol, mineral oils and fragrances, which can all irritate the skin and/or lead to breakouts," Dr Rabia Malik advised Cover Media.
Ingredients that keep cropping up on the avoid list are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. According to slsfree.net, the average woman hosts 200 chemicals on her skin daily, with 60 per cent absorbed directly into the blood. Even products labelled organic or natural can fall foul of these toxic ingredients.
There are no conclusive studies about the effect of SLS yet, but with some arguing they can lead to cancer, it's better to be safe than sorry.
“Because sodium lauryl sulphate is a very strong cleansing agent, it can strip the skin and irritate people with sensitive skin. That’s why we don’t use sodium lauryl sulphate in any of our formulas," dermatologist Dr Murad explained.
"When we do want to offer a formula with a stronger cleansing action, we use agents like Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate which have been proven to be gentle and don’t typically cause any irritation. For our sensitive skin cleansers we use extra mild agents.”
Dr Rabia adds making your own face masks can be a good way around the issue. This way you know exactly what's contained, so stock up on lemon, avocado and honey and get creative in the kitchen!