Lately I have been having numerous breakouts on my face and clearly, I got annoyed looking at myself in the mirror every morning because they kept popping up. I tracked back to my lifestyle of late and found these; sleeping late, lots of coffee, less than 2L of H2O per day, fried food, spicy food etc.
Me and my zits!
Out of desperation, I tried to cut down on coffee and fried food. But I found out, it did not help much. Some told me that my body was trying to detox by itself and some said it could be the cleansers I used. Hmm…that increased my suspicions for a while. I have been cleansing and toning and moisturizing more religiously than I used to but it did not help much until it nagged me that the ingredients in these products may not be suitable for me. I have always heard of the harmful ingredients in cosmetic products and knew a little about it. But as I walked around the pharmacies and browsed at the range of products we have in the market today, how many brands of cosmetics are totally free of these ingredients?
Now, I’ve been reading about some of these ingredients which could be carcinogens, cancer-inducing substances. Some could cause other hazardous effects on other parts of our organs, i.e liver, kidneys, skin etc.
I’m sure by now, many people are aware of SLS (Sodium-Lauryl-Sulphate) and SLES (Sodium-Laureth-Sulphate). It is widely known that this substance is mainly used in shampoos and I could still see that some brands of cleansers still have this in their ingredients. Other than this, the most common ones are Propylene Glycol, Glycerin and fragrance (You can read more from here).
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What I was surprised to read was that some ingredients which are now widely used and advertised in most Beauty Salons and branded cosmetics are also included in this list of harmful ingredients. We can see these days that new breakthrough technologies for anti-aging, face-lifting, skin-brightening and so on are coming out like hot cakes for women to preserve their youth and beauty. I can’t say that I’m not one of them, but I do want to find out more on what exactly I slap onto my face each morning and night.
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Anti-aging products and facials consist mostly of collagen and elastin (with heavy dosage too). What I found out was that collagen actually is not suitable for our skin and I read somewhere that most collagens are derived from animal skins and chicken feet! So, I don’t exactly know how hygienic these substances are but the sound of it makes me cringe.
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I was quite surprised to find out that AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids) are also potentially harmful to our skin. I used to think that AHAs are really good for our skin to breathe and so on.
Well, I’m not saying that all products in the market are not suitable and should be banned for the ingredients they used. Instead, we should have an awareness on the things that is inside the bottles of our cosmetic products. Nowadays, unlike the days of our grandmothers and mothers, whereby a daily face wash was already enough, we think we need more ‘protection‘ from the sun, the dust, the environment. Therefore, before we give in to our own vanity, to make ourselves more beautiful and youthful, I just think that we should have less ignorance on the ‘goo’ that we slap onto our faces.
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Forget what the beauticians comment about how your acne-scarred face look like and how saggy your cheeks have grown or how dark or freckled your skin is. Before we give in to these degratory-remarks-so-that-they-can-earn-more-money situations, just take some time to learn more about the ingredients used in our cosmetic products. Who knows, it could save you from spending on something that eventually would harm you, am I not correct?
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It is quite true that most beauty salons use unlabelled bottles to store their cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums and what-nots. How much do we know what is used on our faces? Are they the same products we buy from the counters after our facials? I don’t know.
I have many friends who are beauticians themselves and I could say that some of them are able to convince me of their products and some, they just babbled on saying how effective and good the product is but when I asked about the harmful ingredients, they were unable to answer me. So, what do you think about that?
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p.s. I still haven’t found any products totally free of harmful ingredients, so I still use whatever I have bought so far. *sigh!*