"Well hello Summer! It took you long enough, but we are so happy to see you here in Chicago. With the new season comes a new skincare regiment and our amazing esthetician Natalia, has an important tip for all you beauties when searching for new products this Summer. See you soon!"
- Jenny, Owner
When choosing skincare products, you definitely want to look for something with as few chemicals as possible. Things like parabens and sulfates can be very detrimental to your health. Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body, and then has to be filtered out! Here are a few of the most common, and most toxic ingredients that can be found in skin and haircare products:
1.) Parabens (anything with propyl, ethyl, butyl, or methyl in the name) are used as preservatives, but cause hormone imbalances and have been found in breast cancer tumors.
2.) Sulfates are chemical foaming agents. They are what give soap and shampoo a rich lather. But they are also used in car washes and engine degreasers. They can cause skin irritation as well as other health problems, and they strip your skin of the natural, healthy oils. Use products with natural foaming agents such as saponified plant oils.
3.) Benzoyl Peroxide is used in acne treatment products and medication, but has been shown to possibly produce DNA damage and promote tumor growth, and is also a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant. Use a product with naturally derived salicylic acid from willow tree or wintergreen, or tea tree oil to combat breakouts.
4.) Sunscreen chemicals such as PABA, avobenzone, benzphenone, and ethoxycinnamate are free radical generators, disrupt hormones, and and can damage DNA and lead to cancer. Use products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead.
5.) Mineral Oil is a very common ingredient in skincare, makeup, and haircare products. It is derived from petroleum, and can have cancer causing properties. It aggravates acne and negatively impacts normal skin functions. It seals off the skin and doesn't allow it to breathe, trapping dirt and bacteria in. It also disrupts hormone flow and can disrupt your immune system with long-term use.
These are just a few of the most common ingredients to avoid. Always be aware of what you are putting ON your body, as well as IN your body. Your skin is the largest organ, and works in synchronization with other systems. Keep it healthy!
- Natalia Mitchell
Organic Esthetician at Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique
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