4 Supposed Anti-Aging Ingredients You Don’t Need

Ever wonder what all those chemical names in the ingredient list of your favorite products mean?

As a consumer, you have the right to know what goes into the products you use. Not just so you know you’re getting your money’s worth though. The right products can give you the skincare results you need. However, if you want to fully benefit, you should be cautious of all the ingredients added in those products so there aren’t any issues here.

Here is a list of four common elements that are doing a lot of harm without even letting you realize it.

1.  Parabens

Parabens or Phenoxyethanol is a chemical preservative, which is used quite frequently in skin care products, from facial cleansers to makeup. However, some studies have demonstrated that this preservative has toxic effects, which in moderate doses can cause reproductive problems, skin irritation and even damage to the nervous system. Japan has banned the use of Phenoxyethanol in their cosmetics therefore it makes complete sense to follow their example.

2.  Aluminum

Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, which should be enough to indicate its harmful effects. Yet, companies still use aluminum in beauty products, mostly in the form of powder in items such as antiperspirant deodorants. Keep in mind that this particular ingredient is a neurotoxin. Remember this next time you’re searching for a roll-on for those summer times.

3.  Formaldehyde

Typically found in straightening products, hair smoothing products, eyelash glue and nail polish, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, which is linked to skin cancer, skin irritation, pancreatic cancer and leukemia. Though less inconspicuous, this ingredient is not listed on most product labels and is instead written as preservatives. Here is the list of preservatives you need to keep an eye out for:

  • Diazolindibnyl urea
  • 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1
  • Bronopol
  • Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea

4.  Plastic

Products stored in cheap plastic can cause a lot of problem in terms of skin care. Most companies looking to cut corners do not factor in the use of BPA-free plastic. In such cases, the BPA or Bisphenol A leeches into the product and when absorbed, causes hormonal swings because of their estrogen-mimicking properties. So when shopping, stick to products stored in glass packages.

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