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Beware These Bleaching Ingredients In Your Skincare Products

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One would like to think that society is moving forward; that we are beyond the point of endangering our health for our beauty; that we have come a long way from the days of using white lead to lighten our faces (as the ancient Romans did) or lead sulfate to remove our freckles (Rome circa 15th-18th century). But maybe we’re not as forward thinking as we would like to believe. While the days of full face whitening may be over, many women still use skin bleachers to fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots., and some of these products contain harsh chemicals. Here is a list of some of the chemicals you may not want to see on your skin cream label:

Hydroquinone
If you use skin lightening creams, you may have noticed this ingredient popping up on the label. Hydroquinone is a melanin inhibitor that works by preventing the production of skin pigments. Although it may look as if it is working in the beginning, long-term danger may await. Hydroquinone has been known to cause permanent skin discoloration, and has hence been banned in many countries.

Mercury
Mercury is another ingredient that often looms large in skin lightening products. However, while it may serve to lighten your skin, it may also be doing damage to your kidneys. Mercury in skin products can cause scarring, discoloration, and rashes, and has also been found to break down the skin’s resistance to bacteria and fungus.

Steroids
Banned in most countries without a prescription, topical steroids can cause skin thinning and fungal infections, and long term use can even lead to serious internal diseases. Steroids have also been associated with folliculitis and rosacea.

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Parabens
These preservatives are most often used to extend the shelf like of beauty products, but they have also been found to be carcinogenic. Parabens have not only been associated with an increased cancer risk, and they can also interfere with the endocrine system. Reports show that paraben can have an estrogen-like effect on the body which may disrupt the reproductive system.

Phthalates
Similar to paragons, phthalates are also carcinogenic in nature and should especially be avoided by pregnant women.

Fragrances
They smell lovely, but they may not leave your skin that way. Fragrances can be highly toxic and have an adverse effect on the central nervous system, possibly leading to irritability, hyperactivity, and depression.

Natural Alternatives
So now that you’re sufficiently scared of your skin lightening treatment, you may be wondering if there are natural alternatives, and the good news is; yes, there are! Plant testing has revealed a number of all-natural ingredients that suppress melanin production without the side effects of chemicals. Look for products including such ingredients as licorice, mulberry extract, arbutus, kojic acid, Emblica and vitamin C next time you are looking for a pigment reducer for effective results without the negative side effects.

What natural products do you use for hyperpigmentation? Let us know how you’re staying safe while looking gorgeous!

Vine Vera on Makeup Ingredients to Avoid – VineVera Reviews

Various cosmetic ingredients If you’re all for checking out the food labels when it comes to regulating what goes into your body, you should definitely ensure that you check out the ingredient list in your makeup as well. Despite the FDA regulations that are in place, you would find a lot of ingredients in your makeup that you should definitely stay away from.  Makeup products contain thousands of chemicals that get absorbed into your body through your skin and cause a lot of damage. You might not know this, but many makeup products contain skin penetrators, skin irritants and endocrine disruptors that are extremely damaging to your body. Vine Vera examines some of the makeup ingredients that you should definitely avoid.

 

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are commonly used in makeup products to increase the softness of plastics. Some of the most common phthalates used in makeup products include phthalate, diethyl phthalate and dimethyl phthalates. These phthalates are popular endocrine disruptors that can increase the risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects.

 

2. Mercury

Mercury is a famous allergen that impairs the development of your brain. It is commonly found in a number of eye drops and mascara.

 

3. Imidazolidinyl Urea

The EU has termed Imidazolidinyl Urea as a formaldehyde  releaser. Short term use of products which contain these releasers can induce lead to dermatitis. Imidazolidinyl Urea is commonly found in eye creams, eye liners, eye shadows, face powder and moisturizers.

 

4. Parabens

Parabens are used as preservatives that can prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria in cosmetic products. Yes, they might be good in terms of keeping the bacteria away, but parabens have also been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer because of their estrogen-mimicking properties. Parabens get absorbed into the skin and are usually found in deodorants, makeup items and facial cleansers.

 

5. Talc

The biggest issue with talc is asbestos. There is a kind of talc that contains asbestiform fibers and a kind of talc that does not contain these fibers. Studies have shown that asbestiform fibers can lead to an issue known as mesothelioma. Generally, the talc used in makeup doesn’t contain talc which has these asbestiform fibers, but it doesn’t hurt to be sure. Some of the main products that you should check out for talc include blushes, nail polish, eye shadow, lip liners, foundations and bronzers.

 

6. Lead

Lead is a common carcinogen that is usually found in hair dye and lipsticks. Stay away from products that contain lead. It can really cause serious damage to your body.

 

7. Petrolatum

Petrolatum is a derivative of crude oil and petroleum that is a carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. This chemical suffocates the skin and prevents it from taking in the oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Ever seen those oil spills and figured out what happens to the sealife because of the spill?   Imagine the same thing happening to your skin. Petrolatum is mostly used in lipsticks, lip balms and lotions.

 

8. Toluene

Toluene is a petrochemical which is derived from coal tar or petroleum. It is commonly listed on makeup products as toluol, benzene, methylbenzene or phenylmethane. Toluene is a solvent that is usually used to dissolve paint thinners and paint. It can cause serious damage to the respiratory system, irritate the skin and cause nausea. Pregnant ladies should always avoid exposure to toluene vapors because it can cause developmental damage to the fetus. Toluene is commonly found in hair bleaching products, nail polish and nail treatments.

 

9. Coal Tar Dyes

Coal Tar Dyes are a carcinogen that are made from bituminous coal. They are commonly listed as p-phenylenediamine and are usually found in hair dyes and anti-itch creams.

 

Stay away from these ingredients and you should be able to immediately transform the overall health of your skin to make it look younger, smoother and healthier.