The beauty industry hides an ugly secret. It is mostly under-regulated, with regulations existing only for over-the-counter drug ingredients and color additives. Most skin care products may hide your blemishes today, but they may affect fertility, disrupt your hormones and even give you cancer in the long run.
While it is impossible to avoid all synthetic chemicals in skin care products, you can at least try to minimize your exposure to them. The first step would be to know which ingredients to avoid.
Parabens inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in most skin care products. However, when parabens are absorbed into the skin, their estrogen-mimicking properties may cause breast cancer.
You want something that smells good but did you know that fragrance mixes are detrimental to your health? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database believes fragrance combinations cause dermatitis, allergies, respiratory distress and possible effects on the reproductive system.
Artificial colors are FD&C or D&C in product labels. Artificial colors come from coal tar or petroleum sources. They are suspected to cause cancers in humans and ADHD in children.
Phthalates are a group of a toxic skin care ingredients originally used to increase the softness and flexibility of plastics. Phthalates are absorbed into the skin very quickly. They are known endocrine disruptors and are linked to reproductive congenital disabilities, early breast development in girls and increased risk of breast cancer. Unfortunately, phthalates are not always disclosed on product labels because they are added to fragrances.
Also derived from petroleum and coal tar sources, Toluene is a potent solvent that may cause developmental damage in fetuses. Toluene is linked to immune system toxicity. Toluene is listed on labels as methyl benzene, benzene, toluol, or phenylmethane.
Scientists are concerned that the widespread use of the antibiotic, Triclosan, can make bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There aren’t enough proof to back claims that washing with Triclosan-rich soaps is more beneficial than washing with regular soap and water.
Did you know that formaldehyde is used in embalming bodies? It is also the same chemical used in cosmetic products to help prevent the growth of bacteria. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens lists formaldehyde as a human carcinogen linked to nasal and nasopharyngeal cancers.
Of course, you want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. But did you know that sunscreen chemicals, when absorbed into the body, cause cancer and cellular damage? Avoid sunscreen products that contain methoxycinnamate, benzophenone, homosalate, avobenzone, and ABA.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
90% of all personal care products have SLS or SLES. SLS or SLES are known skin, eye and lung irritants. They can bond with other synthetic chemicals to form a carcinogen called nitrosamines, which can lead to respiratory and kidney damage.
Propylene glycol is a skin-conditioning agent. It causes dermatitis and hives in humans.
Manuka Honey: A Natural Solution to Skin Care
To get healthy skin without the chemicals, try organic manuka honey. Manuka honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it the subject of much study as a skin healing “miracle” cure, MRSA fighter and wound dressing.
PURAO skin care products are made with New Zealand manuka honey. PURAO manuka honey draws four core skin care benefits, including:
- Acne cure
PURAO manuka honey is rich with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Frequent use will result in a visible reduction of redness in acne. It decongests inflamed skin and oxygenates the pores to draw out bacteria.
- Skin repair
The PURAO BIOMEDI+ promotes skin regeneration, lessens scarring and repairs cellular tissue damage. It provides natural healing properties that you can’t find in synthetic or chemical equivalents.
For hydration purposes, use the PURAO skin care range. PURAO Night face care moisturizer has the exclusive manuka honey that works to hydrate your skin overnight and to bring back softness and vitality. The manuka honey will draw in moisture from the air and will hold it in for a dewy and glowing complexion.
The first step to achieving wrinkle-free skin is to retain moisture without making skin oily. PURAO skin care products act as moisturizers that also inhibit MMP, which is a group of enzymes that destroy collagen.
True skin care treatment should be devoid of any long-lasting negative side effects. For worry-free glow, use only PURAO skin care products from the best manuka honey brand.