Be Scared of Your Skin Care Products
There’s potentially harmful ingredients in many big name skin care products
There are a few things you should know about the skin care industry before you buy the products.
Sadly the vast majority of skin care products you can buy in Australia or for that matter in many other places contain ingredients which may damage your health and your skin.
But don’t take our word for it. Watch the video right below. It talks about cosmetics but everything it talks about applies equally to skin care products as well as other beauty and personal products.
This video comes highly recommended. Take a little while watch it if you’re a consumer of skin care products or other personal products, and who isn’t.
And if you’re interested in finding out more then continue reading underneath the video, or click here.
If you’re shocked by what you just saw than continue reading, and by the end of this page you’ll know more than most consumers about choosing skin care products that are both safe and effective and which will give you the skin care results that you want.
We’ve never met you, but despite that we are almost certain that, like us, you’re sick and tired of all of the wild claims made about skin care products, particularly when you find the product just doesn’t live up to the claims. Now you’ve seen the video you’re also aware that not only do many skin care products fail to perform but they can also damage your health and your skin.
And even more surprising is that it’s often the most expensive anti aging skin products that are the least effective and which contain potentially the worst ingredients.
But we don’t want you to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There’s outstanding natural skin care products available right now that can genuinely improve the health of your skin and make you look more youthful, without the use of harmful ingredients. A superior skin care product should reduce wrinkles, reduce bags under your eyes, deal with age spots and more. And there are excellent, and safe, products that do this.
But it’s difficult to navigate your way through the thousands of skin care products available to choose from to find a brand that will work effectively and which uses only safe ingredients. There are so many products that just don’t deliver.
And so many people spend lots of money trying to look younger. The skin care and anti aging and cosmetics industries are billion-dollar industries, and there are plenty of companies happy to make poor quality products to turn a buck. And they do.
And as the market grows there are more and more of these products, despite the fact that many are ineffective and potentially unsafe.
When you see them advertised on television and in glossy magazines featuring highly paid movie stars there is often very little solid scientific research to back up their claims of effectiveness. That’s because it’s advertising and marketing that sells products, not scientific research. Customers are used to buying products that don’t seem to do very much.
So the products come in fancy looking boxes, the magazine ads promise the world, but the products don’t perform.
And of course the most heavily advertised products are often the most expensive because all of that marketing and advertising is seriously expensive and all that has to be factored into the price. There is little budget left for expensive ingredients which actually work.
As a consumer of high quality skin care products the only way you can be sure of what you’re getting is to independently educate yourself. This isn’t easy, and our goal, right here on this website, is to turn you into a well educated consumer so you can understand what works, what doesn’t work and what to avoid when you’re looking to buy skin care products.
Let’s begin with what to avoid. Which ingredients found in many products available today may damage your skin as well as your health?
Mineral oil comes from crude oil. It’s a petrochemical. Sometimes, on the label, it goes by the names of paraffin wax, liquid paraffin, petrolatum or others. It’s used in many personal products such as anti aging skin care products, and particularly in moisturisers, because it’s extremely cheap.
Mineral oil on your skin reduces the ability of the skin to breathe. It clogs the pores of the skin and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Mineral oil can cause or exacerbate acne. It can also irritate your skin and can be a cause of skin dryness and premature ageing. It amazes us to see mineral oil listed as an ingredient in skin care products.
Dioxane is a synthetic derived from coconuts which is used widely in skin care products. 1,4-dioxane is easily absorbed into your skin and then makes its way into your bloodstream.
We can’t believe it when we say it, but 1,4-dioxane is a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. And you may well be putting it on your skin.
We all like to smell nice, and there is nothing wrong with that. However modern fragrances are just chemicals which smell nice. They are generally produced in a lab by a chemist, and can contain carcinogenic ingredients. Some are considered to be a neurotoxin, and some are considered to be amongst the worst allergens.
There’s no problem with smelling nice, but don’t spread chemical fragrances all over your face, neck and sometimes the rest of your body. A dab of perfume, preferably on your clothes, is fine, but you don’t want fragrances all over yourself.
Ethyl, propyl, butyl, and methyl paraben are a few. There’s lots. Many skin care products including moisturisers use parabens as they are an extremely cheap preservative and extend shelf life. There are other effective and safer ingredients that work as a preservative but they are more expensive than parabens.
Some studies suggest that parabens can cause cancer including breast cancer, can cause skin rashes, allergic reactions and interfere with the endocrine system.
In particular isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol and SD alcohol, all of which you may find in anti aging products. These strip away the natural oils from the skin and can irritate your skin making it more vulnerable to attack by viruses and bacteria.
That’s only the start when it comes to ingredients that you don’t want to find listed on the label of your skin care products. There’s plenty more. Way too many to list here.
So let’s consider what makes a good skin care product and what makes a bad one.
The biggest reason why we start to see our skin sagging and developing wrinkles and fine lines is that as we age the collagen and elastin in our skin starts to break down.
Collagen is a skin protein that is extremely fibrous and strong and helps hold our skin together and give it firmness and resilience. With age the ability of collagen to keep our skin taut and firm slowly decreases.
Pinch some skin, pull and let go. If you’re young then your skin will snap back into place. If you’re older that snap starts to go away. Part of the reason is the breakdown of your skin collagen.
And elastin, which also performs a similar function, breaks down with age as well.
None of this is news to skin scientists, it’s been known for quite a while. However reversing it isn’t easy.
Most skin care products seek to reverse the loss of collagen and elastin by putting both of these in the bottle. However for quite some time it’s been known that the molecule size of collagen and elastin is too big to penetrate the skin.
So why would they be in the bottle? Because having them listed on the label sells more bottles.
(There are quite a few ingredients which are only added to the bottle for the purposes of selling bottles. They are generally effective but are added in such small quantities, usually the minimum that allows them to be listed on the label, because they are expensive.)
So how do you improve the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin if putting them in the bottle is useless? By stimulating the skin to produce more of it’s own.
So choosing a skin care product that is both safe and effective is about finding a product that has none of the wrong ingredients in the bottle and has plenty of the right ingredients. And the right ingredients need to be there in quantity sufficient to have an effect. An effective ingredient in tiny quantities is ineffective.
For many years, and in fact centuries, it’s been well known that there are naturally occurring plant substances which work extremely well at promoting skin health. Many native peoples from around the world have used ingredients commonly found in the roots, fruits and nuts of plants to help make themselves look younger.
And these ingredients are often also part of their diet, and so are totally safe to use.
Natural oils such as Avocado oil, Shea butter and Macadamia oil are just a few examples of natural oils which are good for you to eat and which work very effectively to moisturise your skin.
The highest quality natural skin care products make use of such ingredients. They don’t use cheap mineral oil because it doesn’t work and may be harmful to you.
Here’s 3 naturally occurring ingredients that you do want to see in your skin care products.
Phytessence Wakame is a type of seawead found around Japan. It has been part of the Japanese diet for centuries, and science has discovered that this is one of the major reasons why Japanese women have such wonderful skin.
The actions of the ingredients of Phytessence Wakame are fully understood by science, it relates to it’s ability to block the actions of a particular enzyme.
This is a new patented ingredient that is shown to stimulate your skin to regrow collagen and elastin. It comes from the wool of sheep and studies have shown it can produce a 14% improvement in the ability of the skin to retain moisture over 18 days and a 42% improvement in skin elasticity. It is expensive and is found in the best natural skin care products.
CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10).
Sometimes you see CoQ10, short for Coenzyme Q10, on the label of skin care products. CoQ10 is found right through the body.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals that damage your body cells as well as your skin. As you age you slowly lose CoQ10.
But there are different versions of CoQ10. The best is called Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 and it is way more effective at penetrating deeply into the skin to promote better skin health. It combats free radicals in your skin and this helps reduce wrinkles.
Above you have 3 ingredients that can all individually improve the look and feel of your skin, but when working together are highly effective. They are safe to use and the best natural skin care products combine these 3 along with many others, without any toxic chemical ingredients.
But these 3 ingredients are very expensive. The obvious conclusion must be that the products are very expensive too, but this isn’t so.
The best natural skin care products are produced by the Xtend Life Natural Products company from New Zealand. Lets talk about them for a moment.
Chances are that you’ve never heard of Xtend Life. They are a small niche company and are not a household name in the skin care industry. There is a good reason for this.
Traditional skin care manufacturers spend the majority of their budget on marketing and advertising and as little as possible on product quality. You can’t spend lots of money on the product and then spend lots on advertising it or the products will be so expensive no one will buy them.
Xtend Life have a specific corporate philosophy that reverses this. They do not advertise their products on television or in magazines or anywhere else. They don’t market their products actively at all. The budget which would have gone on marketing is spent on product quality, in other words research and development and more expensive ingredients.
This means that they can afford to use the ingredients we have described above (and lots more) because what they save on marketing can go towards the cost of using adequate amounts of expensive ingredients in the products. You won’t see these ingredients in name brands as they are too expensive.
Xtend Life produce superior quality products and back them up with a full 90 day unconditional money back guarantee to encourage new customers to try the products.
Once they have a new customer that customer usually buys for life. In that way they build up their business on product quality and word of mouth. This makes for a slow-growing but very solid business.
Try getting a 90 day unconditional money back guarantee on the skin care products you probably use now.
Hopefully you are now more educated about the skin care industry. You understand a little more that there are many brands of products containing ingredients that are harmful, and that there are small niche skin care companies with a corporate philosophy of making the highest quality natural skin care products that are highly effective, and backing them up with a money back guarantee.
That’s how you buy your natural skin care products. Safe in the knowledge that you can try the products for 90 days, risk free, knowing that the products are safe and effective, protected by your guarantee.
You may be surprised to find out how effective skin care products can be after years of disappointment.Written by All Natural Skin Care