There are tons of skin care products out in the market, each formulated with ingredients that look and sound fancy. Without a doubt, every product that goes to our skin is made with a handful of ingredients that promises to deliver optimum results. These chemicals are treated to match each skin type and each must undergo inspection by a regulating body to ensure that they are safe for use.

However, even though these chemicals and ingredients are regulated and approved before they go to the market, there are some that pass the inspection without being noticed. That is why beauty editors are now very particular on what goes into their products.

To give you an idea what are the most common skin care ingredients that most beauty editors now avoid, here are five of them that you might also want to take note of:

Parabens

Parabens are a group of chemicals considered to be one family. Its main function is to prolong the shelf life of products. Parabens are also the chemicals responsible for preventing the growth of mold, bacteria, and yeast in products like facial treatment creams, acne facial formulas, and the like. However, parabens put women at risk for breast cancer due to their estrogen-mimicking properties, which cause hormonal balances. They may lead to development of tumors, and reproductive and fertility issues.

Fragrance

Before, many favored highly scented skin care products. Little did they know that additional fragrances can cause skin irritation. Fragrances are a highly concentrated chemical that may cause allergies, hormonal disruption, and bigger issues leading to infertility and other reproductive problems.

Phthalates 

Known as a hormone disruptor, Phthalates are also considered to be a carcinogenic agent. Phthalates are used to make products stick to the skin. However, they are harmful to fetuses and are known to disrupt organogenesis. They can also interfere with fertility and is linked to low sperm count in males.  

Lead

Lead is a widely used, heavy metal substance in most cosmetics and skin care products. However, it is neurotoxic proven to lower IQ and may cause serious behavioral and learning problems. It can also pose severe complications for babies, which may lead to seizure, attention disorders, and brain damage.

Formaldehyde

It is not new knowledge that formaldehyde is used in beauty and skincare products. Formaldehyde is the chemical used to preserve dead animals. However, it is also a carcinogenic agent. Formaldehyde is also being linked as a cause of asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Low levels of formaldehyde may cause dermatitis, difficulty of breathing, watery eyes, and nausea. 

Knowing these five harmful ingredients that beauty editors now avoid will give you a heads up on which products to ditch or buy. You should also know that products are not chemical-free despite being labelled as natural. Pay attention to the list of ingredients and determine if what they contain are safe or harmful for use. Before purchasing products, it is best to educate yourself and do a bit of a research and avoid suffering from unwanted side effects or complications in the near future.