The Truth About Chemical-Filled Skincare Products: Debunking the Myths and Educating on the Risks
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, and what we apply to the skin absorbs directly into the body affecting our overall wellbeing. When we use chemical-filled skin care products, they can alter our health and microbiome, upsetting the delicate balance our body desperately needs. Most products offered today in the skin care and makeup market are filled with toxic chemicals that not only harm our bodies’ health but also leave our skin worse off than before we used them.
Here are some particular ingredients and chemicals to keep a careful eye on, as they can directly disrupt hormones and leave skin sick and dry.
Parabens are used in skin care as preservatives to keep products fresh and free of germs. While they may increase the longevity of a product, there are countless studies that link the absorption of Parabens to increased production of the hormone estrogen. This hormone disruption can interfere with brain function, harm reproductive cycles, and trigger increased cell division in the breasts causing breast cancer.
Phthalates are another man-made, toxic chemical used often in skin care formulas to increase the spreadability of the product. A specific type of Phthalate called DEP is often found in moisturizers to help them absorb more easily into the skin. While they may have some benefits for skin hydration, they are also well-known to be endocrine disruptors, meaning they can disrupt hormones and lead to long-term health problems. Phthalates can both mimic and block female hormones, potentially leading to problems like asthma, diabetes, and even breast or liver cancer.
Many skin care, hair care, and cosmetics contain synthetically-made salts based on Sulfates. Sulfates help beauty products foam and are used to work the product into a lather. However, these Sulfates are made from palm oil, which is effectively destroying the rainforests for the creation of this oil. Not only is it a sustainable crisis, but Sulfates also are irritants that create problems for the lungs, eyes, scalp, and skin. Effects can range from mild irritation to an actual full-blown allergic reaction if using products with Sulfates consistently over time.
Synthetic Fragrances may make skin care and cosmetic products smell nice, but they are synthetically made chemicals that are known irritants to our skin and body. There is also no agency that oversees or limits the use of these fragrances, making them especially unregulated and dangerous. These man-made fragrances easily irritate the skin and are also known to be carcinogens. There is no safe implementation of these chemicals.
Oxybenzone is a common ingredient found in chemical-based sunscreens. This is an especially dangerous chemical because it is an endocrine disruptor. It is easily absorbed into the skin, even long after sunscreen has been applied. Some studies have reported results showing an increased risk of cancers such as breast and thyroid when people are exposed to Oxybenzone. Also, some countries such as Aruba have banned this chemical in sunscreens sold there because it can harm aquatic life.
One ingredient that is especially prevalent in today’s high-end skin care market is Acrylate, which is plastic. It gives women the illusion of rejuvenation, making them look and feel that their skin is somehow puffed up. However, this ingredient is actually known to accelerate the aging of the skin. It is also dangerous because it has been linked in studies to irritation of the eyes, nose, and skin and even potential links to cancer.
While these are some of the most widely used toxic chemicals in the skin care and cosmetic industry today, there are also hundreds of other chemicals frequently used that are known carcinogens and potentially harmful to the human body. Some others to watch out for include Triclosan, Toluene, Talc, Lead, PEGs, Formaldehyde, Alcohols, Diethanolamine, Petrolatum, and Hydroquinone.
These harmful chemicals are found in most popular skin care brands today, so it is worth it to take a closer look at what is being absorbed into our bodies. While they may promise results or seem to work well initially, they will leave skin more irritated and the body out of balance. These companies and brands assume that consumers will not research these chemicals and their effects. By choosing to shop elsewhere, consumers can show them that they care about the sustainable health of their bodies as well as their skin.
Luckily, some brands have taken it upon themselves to forge ahead in the revolutionary world of clean skin care and cosmetics. JK7® is one such brand that prides itself on never using these toxic, harsh chemicals that can leave skin sick and irritated. JK7® also focuses on the overall sustainable well-being of the human body, meaning that only fresh, alive skin care ingredients should be used on the body’s largest precious organ. Here are some alternatives that can be used that you can feel safe with. No toxic chemicals, only pure, organic herbal extracts and oils.
Unique Hair & Body Wash
This all-in-one hair and body wash transforms hair, scalp, and skin that has previously been overloaded with harsh chemical washes. The Unique Hair & Body Wash cleanses while delivering intense hydration. Its highly-concentrated, hypoallergenic, and alkaline-free formula is everything you could wish for in a clean skin and hair care product.
Foaming Face Wash
While many cleansers on the market today contain toxic Sulfates, the Foaming Face Wash from JK7® features only clean, safe extracts to help make skin look and feel its best. With Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and organic herbs like Rose and Chamomile, this face wash cleanses gently while also balancing and protecting the skin against free radicals.
For an invigorating, hydrating mist minus the harsh synthetic fragrances, the Moisturizing Mist Fresheners from JK7® can give you the moisture boost you need. Most mists and skin care products today contain fragrances that are actually known as carcinogens and do not properly moisturize. The Moisturizing Mists come in three natural, uplifting scents: Lemon & Lime, Pure Rose, and Sandalwood.
Each and every product from JK7® features only natural, organic ingredients. Experience a sustainable wellness for the whole body, without having to worry about harsh, potentially deadly chemicals that upset the delicate balance of the skin. Sick, dehydrated, and irritated skin is a thing of the past with clean skin care. See the difference today by trying JK7®’s formulas, exclusively hand-crafted in Hawaii.