XX century has brought lots of possibilities to develop everything beginning with the technology and ending with the medicine. It gave the huge resources to find more productive and cheaper solutions in producing goods. There was no exception for a beauty industry. Companies refused using natural ingredients in the household chemicals prolonging the storage terms and diminishing the price on the goods.
Thus, a group of dangerous chemical components that influence our health badly and damage our organism was defined.
- Cosmetic-grade preservatives
It is a group of preservatives aimed to prolong the storage terms of make-up. They can be natural and synthetic. Producers use synthetic preservatives in manufacture because of the lower price. Usually they hide preservatives in cosmetic goods through the next names:
- parabens (butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben),
- benzoic acid,
- diazolidinyl urea,
- imidazolidinyl urea,
- sodium benzoate.
Bronopol is very dangerous and leads to appearance of the carcinogen nitrosamine. It calls the cancer if it is used in high concentration. Methylisothiazolinone is found in the cosmetic cleansing lotions, the eye removers, the cremes and the refinishers. Its presence more than 0,01% causes the allergic reactions.
Silicones are the main components for improving qualitative condition of skin and hair. They are also an additional component to make the creme of a nice texture and to regulate the foam forming in cleaning goods.
There is a myth about the silicone that it doesn’t allow the skin “to breath”. As a fact, silicone heals the skin problems in the ambustial centre for children. It protects the burned skin from air and hastens the curing process. So, silicone isn’t such dangerous as it’s believed to be.
In cosmetics silicone can be detected in hair shampoos and hair balms, as well as cremes ending with -methicone or -siloxane.
Perfumes are the popular ingredient causing the allergy and being added in each cosmetic tube except the hypoallergic cosmetics. Allergic reactions appear due to the high sensitiveness to a sunlight and skin irritation. The dangerous perfumes hide under the word “fragrance” or “parfum”; and are also mentioned as limonene, linalool, menthol, mint, grapefruit oil, hexyl cinnamal, lemon, butylphenyl and methylpropional.
Alcohols are found in tonics or cremes. Even the organic producers can’t avoid using alcohols in cleansing goods, stabilizers, preservatives and additionals. They negatively influence the skin, so people with the sensitive and dry skin should avoid using any make-up with alcohol. Alcohols have the next synonyms as alcohol, denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol.
It is a surface active agent presented in shower gels, shampoos, and cleansers that damage the dirty. Detergents are substituted with sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, and coco glucoside.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or natrium lauryl sulfate (NLS) are recognized as the most irritative detergents in cosmetics. Lots of cosmetic companies deny its using and substituting it with bethaine and others active components.
So, as we see, there are quite a lot of chemical ingredients that influence our health and organism. However, most of them exist as analogues in nature. Probably their effects will diminish if the cosmetic companies try to use some milder and healthier components. Be safe and sound and read the content of any product before you buy a good.