Avoid these harmful ingredients!
In a world where beauty and self-care are at the heart of our daily routine, it's essential to ask ourselves: "What are we really putting on our skin?" Many cosmetic products on the market contain harmful ingredients that can impact our long-term health and well-being.
This is also the reason why more and more people are turning to natural products for their care. What ingredients to avoid? Bio-Actif, manufacturer of
, tells you more on the subject. 😊
The list of harmful cosmetic ingredients
In the desperate quest for radiant skin and a well-groomed appearance, we often dive headlong into the shimmering world of cosmetic products. However, behind the promises of beauty sometimes hide shady secrets. We are often exposed to a myriad of harmful ingredients that, over time, can put our health and well-being at risk. So read your product labels carefully!
Here are some ingredients to avoid.
Parabens are synthetic preservatives widely used in cosmetics, including lotions, creams and makeup. They are added to prevent the growth of bacteria and extend the life of products.
However, numerous studies have established a link between
potential. Parabens can mimic the action of the hormone estrogen in the body, which may be concerning as this has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and fertility problems.
Phthalates are chemical compounds used to fix fragrances in cosmetic products, including perfumes, nail polishes and lotions. Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with the normal functioning of the hormonal system. They have been linked to problems with development, fertility and reproductive health.
Phthalates are of particular concern for pregnant women and children.
3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a powerful surfactant used in many cleaning and personal care products, including shampoos, facial cleansers and toothpastes. It creates abundant foam, but it can also be very irritating to the skin and eyes.
Additionally, it can strip the skin's natural oils and cause skin irritation, especially in people with sensitive skin.
Opt for a shampoo or
which do not contain SLS.
4. Artificial colors
Artificial colors, such as FD&C (Food, Drug, and Cosmetic) and D&C (Drug and Cosmetic) colors, are used to add color to cosmetic products. However, many synthetic dyes can cause skin irritation, allergies, and adverse reactions in people with sensitive skin.
Some dyes, like tartrazine (FD&C Yellow No. 5), have even been linked to serious allergic reactions in some people. Choose products without artificial colors if you have a
5. Perfumes and fragrances
Synthetic perfumes and fragrances are used to give cosmetic products a pleasant smell. However, the exact compositions of these fragrances are often kept secret, making it difficult to identify potential allergens.
Fragrances can trigger skin irritations, headaches and allergic reactions. To avoid this, choose “fragrance-free” or “hypoallergenic” products. Products made using a natural formula may offer a fragrance, but this fragrance is natural and comes from the ingredients used for the composition.
6. Mineral oils
Mineral oils, such as liquid paraffin and petroleum jelly, are derived from petroleum and are commonly used in skin and lip products.
Although they can provide an immediate feeling of softness, they tend to create an occlusive barrier on the skin, which can clog pores and disrupt the skin's natural hydration mechanism. This can lead to long-term dry skin problems. Ever feel like you're addicted to your lip balm and have to reapply it as soon as you stop? That's why. 😊
7. Formaldehydes and formaldehyde releasers
Formaldehydes and formaldehyde releasers, such as diazolidinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea, are used as preservatives in many cosmetic products. Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Formaldehyde releasers can cause skin irritation and allergies in some people.
8. Glycol ethers
Glycol ethers, such as ethylene glycol, phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol, are used as solvents, emollients and moisturizing agents in cosmetic products. They can cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and skin problems in some people.
At Bio-Actif, we use dicaprylyl ether – or dicaprylyl ether –, a fatty acid present in coconut oil. Unlike the others, it is of natural origin and does not present any health risks. 😊
Look at your product labels
You will understand the importance of carefully checking the
! At Bio-Actif, we are proud to offer you products with natural ingredients that are respectful of your skin.
This is why you can always find the list of our ingredients on our website. You will also be able to see what each product is free from compared to regulars on the market.
Favor natural products with Bio-Actif
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it deserves to be treated with care. THE
are generally made from ingredients of plant origin, free of harsh chemicals. These products respect the natural balance of the skin, thus minimizing the risk of irritation, dryness or allergies. They nourish your skin from the inside, giving it natural, radiant beauty.
Treat yourself to our careful range, 100% natural, 100% Quebecois! 😊