3 reasons why you shouldn’t worry about chemicals in your skincare

Hey everybody, I’m sorry I’ve been a bit off the radar I’m in my final days of university. I have my last exam in exactly 2 weeks and then I will be free to blog for several months!

Let me begin by stating that I do not care if you use all natural products with organic ingredients, I am 100% behind you. However, I do have a problem when people (and especially those selling their own products), claim their products are ‘chemical free’. What does that even mean? On top of that, not every natural product is going to be good for you. Here are my complaints.

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1. Water is a chemical

Water is literally the first ingredient in majority of skincare products. I’m not sure of how many people exclusively avoid water in their skincare routines but it’s pretty hard to claim your products are chemical free if they contain this ingredient.

2. Just because something is hard to pronounce, it doesn’t mean it’s dangerous for your skin 

I’ve heard numerous people say on several occasions that they won’t use a product if they can’t pronounce the ingredients on the back of the jar. However, there is a small problem with this: just because you can’t pronounce something or don’t understand what it is, it doesn’t mean it’s bad for your skin. Examples below:

  • Simmondsia chinensis: This may sound like an exotic bug or disease but it’s just jojoba oil, a staple ingredient in many organic and natural products. It’s known to be safe for the skin and have a large number of beneficial properties.
  • Ascorbic acid: It sounds pretty dangerous doesn’t it? Ascorbic acid is simply a form of vitamin C. It has shown to have many anti-ageing benefits as well as the ability to fade spots.
  • Capylic/Capric Triglyceride: This one may sound a little nasty, but it can actually repair the skin barrier and add moisture the skin. It’s derived from coconut oil and gycerin.
  • Vitis vinifera: Also known as grape seed extract. Really great antioxidant properties and help to reduce free radical damage and any photo-ageing.
  • Gluconolactone: An exfoliant that may be safer to use than an AHA and BHA. Also helps to protect against UV radiation damage as well as improve the appearance of fine lines, hyper pigmentation, pore size and wrinkles.

3. Natural does not always mean safe 

There are a number of ingredients that are natural, but it doesn’t mean they are safe to put on your face. A few examples:

  • Cinnamon: Can be very irritating for the skin.
  • Lemon: Not only the wrong pH with the potential to damage your skin, but it can also cause phytophotodermatitis when exposed to sunlight
  • Lavender extract: Lavender extract can actually cause cell death from cytotoxicity (even natural ingredients can be ‘toxic’!). While there is not a lot of studies to support this, it has been proven to have the potential of being an irritant.
  • Baking soda: Contains particles that can cause microscopic tears to your skin. (Medical journals talking more in depth about alkaline products on the skin, thanks to /r/skincareaddiction on Reddit, can be seen here and here.)

Conclusion: 

Obviously not every synthetic ingredient is safe and not every natural ingredient is unsafe, because that would be ridiculous right? Just make sure to research the ingredients and your world will be open to many fantastic products that you may not have considered earlier. There are so many great products out there that may not necessarily be all natural 🙂

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