These Ingredients Could be Ruining Your Skin and Body

These Ingredients Could be Ruining Your Skin and Body - Life Elements

Life Elements

Oct 16, 2019

ingredients bad for your skin

We'll get right down to it: The following ingredients are commonly found in skincare products that could be wreaking havoc on your skin (despite their claim to do otherwise): 

1. Fragrance 

Fragrance is a catch-all phrase and therefore a sneaky loophole within the FDA. Under its singular name, it is allowed to contain a list of 5,000 toxic chemicals linked to headaches, asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, and dermatitis.

2. Silicones 

Silicones are cheap, non-biodegradable, and used across the board in beauty products—even among the very "high-end" companies. Silicone gives products a silky texture which leads people to believe the product is "working," however, silicone is merely creating a seal over your skin.

The silicone seal can trap debris and dirt inside, clogging pores which makes it a poor choice for acne-prone skin. Due to silicone's "barrier" nature, anything you put on your face after applying silicone does not permeate the surface. No nutrients, no CBD, no nothing. 

Here are some other names silicone goes by: 

  • Amodimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • dimethicone
  • cyclomethicone
  • cyclohexasiloxane
  • cetearyl methicone
  • cyclopentasiloxane

They typically end in -cone, -xane, or -conol. 

3. Parabens 

Parabens are a host of chemical ingredients used to prolong the shelflife of products. They seep into our skin (up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed) and have been linked to hormone imbalance and breast cancer due to their side effect of mimicking estrogen. 

  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Heptylparaben 

Rest assured, you'll never find anything synthetic, harmful, or questionable in our products. We use real ingredients that are safe for you, your skin, and the earth.