Sulfates help the foaming of many products by surrounding dirt and oil, trapping them, and lifting them so they can easily be rinsed away. While this is good from a cleansing perspective, the sulfates used are often too strong and can end up stripping the skin of its natural oils and drying it out. Common sulfates used in beauty products include: -Sodium lauryl sulfate, -Ammonium lauryl sulfate, -Ammonium laureth sulfate
Parabens are common preservatives used in the cosmetics industry that have become increasingly controversial with regard to the safety of their use and their association (or lack thereof) with tumor growth. No conclusive evidence has been found to confirm their danger. However, more and more manufacturers are avoiding them as a preventative measure.
While fragrance in cosmetic products can sometimes be pleasant, it is often one of the likeliest sources of irritation for the skin. So, if you find yourself reacting badly to a product, check the ingredients listing for any fragrance and try an alternative that doesn’t include any synthetic fragrance in its formula.
The term petrochemical refers to any chemical product derived from petroleum. Petrochemicals have been shown to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, which can lead to dryness and chapping. They may particularly cause problems for those with sensitive skin.
Phthalates are chemicals typically used to preserve fragrances in cosmetic formulations, but they have also become increasingly controversial with regard to their safety. No conclusive evidence has been found to confirm their danger; however, more and more manufacturers are avoiding them as a preventative measure.
GMO stands for “Genetically-Modified Organism.” For an example of a GMO in the world of beauty products, consider a plant that has been genetically modified to produce a more usable or more pleasant fragrance. While this process can help reduce the amount of synthetic chemicals in your cosmetics, as well as their cost, it is controversial due to its potential to harm the balance of the natural ecosystem.