Skin Care Tip of the Week *Ingredients to avoid*

Monday, June 27, 2011


Reading ingredients on the back of a skincare label is something most people just don't do. Its one of those things where you may turn the bottle over, take a little peak and wonder what the heck Phenoxyethanol is and move on... never thinking twice. Today I am going to share the top three most common ingredients found in skincare products that should be avoided and why.

  • Parabens- a commonly used preservative. They mimic estrogen and even have an impact on your hormone levels. EEEEK! Recent studies have related parabens to breast cancer. NOT good at all. So now when you see a product that is labeled "Paraben Free" you know why.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate- This is the ingredient that causes your cleanser to be extra bubblicious. It is a MAJOR skin irritant that can make your skin dry and itchy. It has also been associated with eczema. I always ask new clients who have irritated and over sensitized skin what kind of cleanser they use. Most of the time the cleanser they name contains this...and I let them know it's time to switch!
  • Synthetic Fragrance- The face wash that smells like "Morning Burst" is most likely full of synthetic chemicals. Synthetic fragrance can irritate your skin and cause major breakouts. When a product says, "Fragrance Added" and does not list what it is, this almost always means that it's synthetic. Fragrance added from essential oils are good, synthetic fragrances are bad..capiche?
I am not saying throw out everything you own... but just be more aware. Start by making small changes. Next time you go skin care shopping take a few moments to peek at the back label and look for these ingredients.

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below and I will be happy to answer :)

45 comments:

Ana Degenaar said...

I love your skin care tips cause I really don't take care of mine. When I turned 25 I was given a luscious package of cremes and gels from South Africa that I knew I was not going to be able to afford again but I used it and loved it.

P.S. We are giving away 2 books from Studio Violet

Anne said...

That's really interesting, thanks Lindsay. I don't have a skin regime (I probably should for someone my age) but my daughter has suffered from eczema for some time now and very dry skin. I've gone down the track of soap free products for bath time but I'm sure they contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I'm going to check it out and steer clear. (We actually thought a lot of her skin problems stemmed from her very poor diet and introducing preservative free bread and a specially modified milk has improved it a lot but I'll keep my eye on soaps and bath products.) Now, what do you recommend for a 47 year old 'has been' like me? LOL I think I'm beyond hope. (In saying that, I've been blessed with pretty good skin which comes from having European parents. I better look after it.)

Anne @ Domesblissity

The Michelle Show said...

I actually get SO irritated from Sulphates!! I can't even use them in hair products or my head becomes unbearably itchy! I switched to all sulphate and paraben free products 2 years ago and my hair and skin are incredible now.

Pink Ronnie said...

Wow thanks Lindsay. Will definitely be on the lookout.
Your tips are the best!
Ronnie xo

Val said...

Thank you for sharing these tips.

Jenna Lee said...

ummm terrifying! Going home and reading labels TONIGHT! Its so scary!

sherri lynn said...

yay another skin tip! I just wrote these things down and am going to check all of my stuff! I also never really knew why parabens were bad, so thanks for sharing!!

Hollie Ann said...

this is really helpful! i'll take any skin advice i can! especially if it's not pay a small fortune for a chemical peel or facial :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anne- It is never to late to start a good skin care regime! If you want you can e-mail your skin type and concern and I can give you some suggestions. #1 though is sunscreen! Never leave the house without it

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

The sunscreen thing is really important! I had to have a basal cell carcinoma removed a couple of years ago :(

Mongs said...

yes, I read labels all the time. These three things spells poison. I love going to iherb.com to find natural or organic products. The prices are amazing!


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Natalie said...

Wow thanks for sharing this...I had no idea...I'm going to start reading my labels now!

Mindy said...

Um, every night when The Dad and I retire to the couch, the first thing I do is yank up my pant legs and throw my legs across his lap. Scraaaatch me pleeeeeease. Then in bed, it's my arms. Pleeeease scratch my arms!!!! Can you scratch my back, pleeeeease?! (his eye-rolling doesn't help matters) I have the itchiest skin ever in history - but the weird part is, it never really looks all that dry. It's been REALLY bad the last couple months. I'm checkin' my body wash label ASAP.

marina {Yummy Mummy} said...

WOW, great info. I knew parabens were BAD but didn't really know WHY. Thanks for informing us all!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

I'm going to forward this to a friend who is very mindful of what she puts on and in her body! And I should be too! Thanks for the tips. :)

fifi said...

i bought a cheaper shampoo thinking i was going to be good and save money... but it ended up drying my scalp it contains sodium laureth sulfate!!! i will spurlge on my shampoo again!! thanks now i am gonna check my face products!

the nyanzi report said...

great post with very useful info. thanks for sharing.

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What Sadie Did said...

Ooh great tips, I must make a note of these in my phone so next time I am out I can double check (I have the memory of a GOLDFISH! ahaha)

Sadie x
http://whatsadiedid.blogspot.com/

Ali said...

I have sensitive skin and I am actually having severe reactions to almost all shampoos and facial cleansers or creams.

Do you have any recommendations for a cleanser and a facial cream that are fragrance free/and or gentle? I am wanting to use something so my face doesn't look like an old leather handbag in a few years. :)

Or if you have any thoughts on shampoos that would be great. I have been using T-gel and a basic head and shoulders because anything else will leave me scratching my head like a mangy dog for days on end. The tgel does too, but not nearly as bad as other shampoos. This sensitivity was brought on with my first pregnancy, and I hate it :P

Thanks for any tips you might have.

birdie to be said...

Great post! Thanks for the info!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ali- The skin care line called Boscia is wonderful for sensitive skin AND it is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Their cleansing oil and cleansing gel are great! Yes pregnancy can bring up all sorts of fun things..

Here is the link to the product line I mentioned. You can buy it from Sephora.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Boscia

www.StarHughes.com said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is actually kind of scary what they put into our skincare products! I am SO glad you have this weekly post to share with us! I will definitely be on the lookout for these three terms. I definitely don't need any more hormones or skin irritants!

christi @ burlap and basil said...

you really have great advice about skin care. thanks for all these posts. i've bookmarked so many!

Lara said...

Hey, Linds! Any tips on what pregnant ladies should stay away from in skincare products? :)

Ali said...

Thank you so much Lindsay. I am off to check it out :D

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Lara- HI friend!!!! OH MY gosh congrats!! I am totally out of the loop since I no longer have a FB account. Yes Yes I would love to give you some tips!

I know I already gave you my secret stretch mark prevention recipe ;) But e-mail me and I would love to help!

My e-mail is under my about me. So excited for you!

Julie @ My Life...Inspired said...

Wow, thanks for this! I'll definitely be reading labels from now on. I had no idea that ingredients in skin care could impact hormone levels eeek!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

This is awesome! Thanks for making us all a little more aware. I am such a label-reading geek...food, beauty products, EVERYTHING!!! I stick to the rule of thumb: if I don't know what an ingredient is I stay away from it...or possibly look it up to see if it is safe. I hope you had a great weekend :) xoxoxo brynn

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Lindsay - these tips are so helpful! I try to be aware of this stuff - esp for the kiddos - but I admit I love my bubbly shampoo. Any idea if Aveda uses that stuff?

Claire said...

these are such great tips! thanks so much for all this information. i didn't know most of this. i'll try to be more careful about what i buy!

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Ashlyn said...

thanks for your skin care tips :] so helpful! -- i knew that there are products that aren't good for your skin, but i wasn't sure which ones. this was wonderful!

Rachael said...

Your posts are always so helpful! I love it. And this one is particularly well-timed as I am moving my stuff into storage for awhile and today's task is deciding which of my way-too-many beautification products (face wash, scrubs, sunscreen) etc to keep or get rid of. So far, I've only had the expiration date to base my judgement on but I need to unload a lot more than that.
I'll be printing this out for reference, thanks again!

chelsea lee said...

such GREAT advice! I had no idea how bad sulfates were until I came down with the Perioral Dermatitis. It's hard to believe, but SLS is actually in most toothpastes too! I love that you are blogging this info - it's so helpful for people.
ps - the emu oil seems to be helping a bit. I have to barely tap the area with it though or I break out from excess oil!

Mary Lane said...

Great advice! I had heard about SLS before, but I hadn't thought much about the added fragrances and parabens.

http://www.stylish3.com/marylane

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Wow, thanks for explaing what always looks "greek" to me on the back of my toiletries! It's amazing the amount of harmful stuff we put in our bodies everyday.

Cindy said...

Great tips! Makes me happy I did have to take organic chemistry haha xD

Annie said...

GREAT TIPS!

saloon said...

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jaxnkimhill said...

So what is your advice for the best acne helping face wash without any of these ingredients?

Anonymous said...

i am almost 60 years old now and just started dating again but i am shy about the way my face looks...my skin is starting to sag and i have been getting brown spots that were never there before...is there any help or will my face just keep on going south??

pedicure said...

A nice post for the readers. The blog is informative and useful for the people to benefit from.

Anonymous said...

I always check the ingredients to every product I buy so I love these posts. I use a tresemme shampoo, the ones with less sulfates but Im looking for one that doesnt have sodium laureth sulfate at all. Suggestions? :)

Anonymous said...

it is also important to read the ingredients in your sunscreen! a lot of lotions have ingredients that, when combined with sunlight, are cancerous!

It's pricier, but worth buying an all-natural SPF

Patricia said...

Hi --This is the first time I've seen & read your blogs. One word--FANTASTIC!! I have a 12 yo g/daughter who is starting to have acne. She also has, itchy scalp & has been using TGel. I will advise the Tea Tree Oil & pray the ONLY food store in the next town has these products.

I have a male friend, who has a TERRIBLE case of redness over his entire face & chest some areas, (hairline & mustache) have dry scaly patches. He says its allergy.
He looks like his has a bad case of sunburn. I gave him a bar of Dove for sensitive skin to see if that would help some. He does have a VERY EXPENSIVE prescription tube of ointment. He is unable to seek med. advice due to unemployment. He is also a very heavy beer drinker. Can this play a part???

Any & all advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You sooo much. Keep up the good work.

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