Beauty Product Ingredients, A Guide To The Good Ones And Those You Should Avoid

On Monday, May 11th, 2015

Ladies love to buy lots and lots of beauty products, the ones they need and the ones they just want to have in their beauty closet.

With the rapid increase of skin cancer and other skin diseases, ladies, be more careful with the beauty ingredients you actually use on your skin.

According to popsugar, below is a list of common beauty products ingredients (the good ones and the ones you should avoid) which you need to check out when next you are beauty products shopping.


Retinyl Palmitate Vitamin A This is a form of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that stimulates cellular turnover and slows collagen breakdown. This makes the ingredient perfect for fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging. Since vitamin A comes in many forms with different strength levels, you might also find it listed as retinol or retinoic acid.
Ascorbyl Palmitate Vitamin C Vitamin C is a regenerative antioxidant that has skin-brightening effects. If this is one of the first ingredients listed on the box, use this product at night!
Tocopherol Vitamin E One of the best and most powerful antioxidants, vitamin E prevents dryness and signs of aging, as well as fades scars and stretch marks.
Sodium Hyaluronate Hyaluronic Acid This ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a popular ingredient for moisturizing products. By hydrating your skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Camellia Sinensis Extract Green Tea Extract Green tea is a soothing, antioxidant-rich ingredient that can reduce the effects of sun damage.
Hamamelis Virginiana Extract Witch Hazel Extract This gentle astringent absorbs excess oil, tightens pores, and soothes skin.
Ubiquinone Coenzyme Q10 Ubiquinone is an antioxidant that regenerates collagen, smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases.
Dimethicone Silicone-based polymer Any superslick primer you’ve ever used features this ingredient. It fills enlarged pores and wrinkles so your foundation can glide smoothly onto the skin’s surface, resulting in an airbrushed effect.
Methylparaben Preservative You’ll find parabens in many of your beauty products to prevent them from spoiling. Studies on parabens remain murky, but they have been shown to have estrogen-disrupting properties, which are linked to breast cancer. No concrete proof yet, but stay aware!
Dibutyl Phthalate Flexibility enhancer Phthalates add softness and shine to nail polish, hair sprays, and other products. Like parabens, phthalates have shown estrogen-disrupting properties. Avoid these ingredients if you wish.
Fragrance Scent The FDA exempts this category from specificity, so there could be thousands of synthetic or allergy-provoking ingredients all grouped under the umbrella of fragrance. Beware if your skin is easily irritated or if you are allergy prone!
Benzoyl Peroxide Topical acne treatment BP is a very strong antibacterial ingredient. It is effective on blemishes, but can dry out skin and leave you raw, red, and flaky. It can also bleach your towels! Start any BP treatment at a low concentration, then work your way up to a higher dose.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate Surfactant (foaming agent) This ingredient is not majorly harmful, as many people believe. It can be irritating to the skin and eyes, however. Because it is a powerful cleansing ingredient, it thoroughly removes oils from hair. If you’re concerned about stripping, consider an alternative product.
Aluminium Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly Antiperspirant This ingredient is in your deodorant and prevents excessive sweating by plugging the pores. There have been connections among aluminum, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, but there is no conclusive evidence yet.
Propylene Glycol Stabilizer Propylene glycol prevents your products from melting or freezing when they’re subjected to extreme temperatures. It also acts as a humectant to prevent moisture from evaporating off your skin. That said, it has been linked to irritation and allergies, so use items with this ingredient at your discretion.
Toluene Solvent Toluene acts as a thinner in many nail lacquers and can cause reproductive harm. That said, you need to be exposed to a lot of this ingredient to be at risk, but it’s not worth the danger!
Methylene Glycol Formaldehyde This toxic ingredient can be found in hair treatments and irritates the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It’s also used to embalm corpses . . .
Mercurous Chloride Mercury This dangerous heavy metal can sometimes be found in skin care products from overseas, especially skin-lightening treatments. Mercury is extremely poisonous.



About - About Adedayo Odubanjo - Adedayo is the Managing Editor for Fashionpheeva. She is a graduate of Aquaculture & Fisheries Management from Funaab and an Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. She might not necessarily be a fashionista but she loves fashion, she loves writing about fashionable people! Follow her on Instagram @apphiaanna

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