In the past, skin enhancers and beauty supplements were made out of leaves, tree barks. Today, various skincare treatments and products are widely available in stores, salons, spas, markets, and other beauty establishments.
It is easier than ever for men and women to achieve and maintain smooth and beautiful skin.
However, not all skincare products are safe and effective. Some products may contain ingredients that are harmful to the skin.
Instead of making the skin look healthier and younger, products that contain certain damaging ingredients may make certain skin conditions worse.
It is therefore really important to be careful when choosing skin care products. The list below outlines some common ingredients found in skincare products and their possible negative side-effects on the skin.
Fragrance is also one of the common ingredients found in untested skincare and cosmetic products. Such ingredient can cause reproductive complication, liver damage, and birth defects in laboratory animals. When applied on the skin, fragrance can cause allergic reactions. As such, experts recommend the use of fragrance-free skincare products to avoid allergies and irritation.
Glycols are derived from hydrocarbons. These are among the ingredients commonly found in moisturizers and are used as cosmetics solvents. Over-exposure to glycol can lead to serious complications in a woman’s reproductive system and contact dermatitis.
3. Untested skincare products Almost all manufacturers of cosmetic and skincare products have the means to use any raw material as ingredients for their products even without the permission of agencies in charge of regulating cosmetics and beauty products. Since manufacturers have control over product testing, they can distribute and market skincare and cosmetic products to worldwide markets that may possibly contain ingredients that are harmful to health like carcinogens. Carcinogens are absorbed by the skin and can cause irritation and blisters.
4. Artificial colorings
Moisturizing products that contain artificial colorings pose harmful effects to the body. Artificial colorings may cause cancer when regularly applied on the skin. Aside from being carcinogenic, some coal-tar colored skincare products also contain metal impurities such as lead and arsenic.
Most people think that skincare products containing SPF are best protection of the skin for the harmful rays of the sun. What they don’t know is that some sunscreens have adverse side effects to the body. Yes, SPF chemicals protect the skin from the surface. But once absorbed, these may bring damaging effects to the body.
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Concerns were raised about parabens being endocrine disruptors – which means they are chemicals which disrupt the endocrine system. It was found that this disruption had the potential to cause cancerous tumors so people began to search for paraben-free alternatives.
Acti-Labs Products ARE SAFE
When you buy Acti-Labs products you are buying a brand that uses natural ingredients over synthetics.
The ingredients are derived from marine sources or plants Most of our products are gluten free and are never tested on animals.
Best of all the Acti-Labs skincare range are clinically proven and dematologically tested so you never have to worry about applying it to your skin.
Ingredients are listed on each page so you can shop with confidence.
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EDIT – 2020: Acti-Labs are now known as URBAN RETREAT