• Why you should check the labels on your skincare products! 02 August 2015 | View comments

  • Getting to know the ingredients in your skincare products is well worth it. As a qualified Holistic Skincare Products Practitioner, seeing some of the ingredients lists on most of the high street branded products, I can see how some products can be misleading to an unqualified skincare practitioner, for example, a well know oil branded product to help with stretch marks looks appealing on the surface as it contains botanicals like Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Chamomile Oil, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, although the purity of these oils are not know and don't appear to be organic, on the surface this product looks like a safe skincare option, but if you delve deeper in to the other ingredients list of the product, all is not as it seems and this is how the main high street branded retails are misleading the public!


    The other ingredients used in this product are: 


    Paraffinum Liquidum, or in other words Mineral Oil, a petrochemical derived from crude oil that gives no benefit to the skin at all, it does not penetrate the surface of the skin as the molecules are too large, instead it traps dirt and bacteria clogging pores and disrupting cellular respiration. 


    BHT, a known human allergen that can cause liver, thyroid and kidney problems, also blood coagulation and can affect the function of the lungs. 


    Parfum, artificial fragrance, the leading cause of skin irritations that can cause an overload of oxidative stress, meaning that an overload of these products can have a detrimental effect on your skin and can cause advanced cellular function disruption leading to chronic diseases such as cancer, strokes etc etc. This particular product has a long list of synthetic fragrance additives.


    Amyl Cinnamal, exposure to Cinnamaldehyde has been found to affect the central nervous system, digestive system and cardiovascular system.


    Citronellol, can cause skin and eye irritation, highly toxic to aquatic life, produced by synthetic manufacturing process and used a scenting agent 


    Coumarin, a known skin and immune system allergen, moderately toxic to kidneys and liver, being banned in a number of countries as a food additive. 


    Eugenol, registered on the EU's banned/restricted list, a highly toxic fragrance component, may cause damage to the liver. 


    Geraniol, restricted use in fragrances because of possible sensitisation.


    Hydroxycitronellal, restricted use in cosmetics, some studies show organ toxicity as well as facial psoriasis when used in aftershave, a documented irritant.


    Limonene, can cause contact dermatitis is some sensitive individuals, an allergen and sensitizer when exposed to oxygen.


    CI 26100, synthetic colour that is restricted in cosmetics, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful, suspected to be an environmental toxin. 


    Isopropyl myristate, a knows skin irritant 


    Benzyl Salicylate, associated with Hormone disruption


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