INVESTIGATION: FIVE Skincare Ingredients That DAMAGE YOUR SKIN Revealed

In the journey for perfect skin, many of us unknowingly expose our skin to harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients lurking in everyday skincare products. These culprits can cause irritation, dryness, and even long-term damage, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It’s time to reveal the shocking truth about these ingredients and why you should make the switch to natural skincare. Let’s dive into the five most damaging skincare ingredients you need to watch out for!


1. Parabens: The Dangerous Preservative

Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in skincare products to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. However, their potential risks far outweigh their benefits. Studies have shown that parabens can mimic estrogen in the body, disrupting hormone function and potentially increasing the risk of breast cancer. For those with sensitive skin, parabens can cause allergic reactions and irritation. It’s high time to ditch these preservative predators and opt for natural alternatives.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): The Skin-Stripping Surfactant

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, often found in cleansers and shampoos, is a surfactant responsible for creating that satisfying lather. But behind those bubbles lies a harsh truth. SLS strips the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and even eczema flare-ups. For compromised skin, this ingredient can be particularly damaging, disrupting the skin’s natural barrier and exacerbating sensitivity. Look for gentler, plant-based cleansers that respect your skin’s natural balance.

3. Fragrances: The Irritating Intruders

Chemical fragrances are added to many skincare products to make them smell appealing, but they can be a major irritant for sensitive skin. These synthetic scents often contain a mix of chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions, redness, and inflammation. The term “fragrance” on a label can mask hundreds of different chemicals, making it hard to know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. Choosing fragrance-free products or those scented with natural essential oils is a safer bet for your skin. (Our skincare smells naturally of the ingredients we put into it, we then make it smell even better with some essential oils).

4. Phthalates: The Hormone Hijackers

Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible and are often found in skincare products to help them absorb better. However, they are notorious for their hormone-disrupting effects. Phthalates have been linked to reproductive issues, birth defects, and hormonal imbalances. For sensitive or compromised skin, they can also cause irritation and exacerbate existing skin conditions. Avoiding products with phthalates and opting for natural, phthalate-free alternatives can help protect your skin and overall health.

5. Formaldehyde Releasers: The Hidden Hazards

Formaldehyde releasers are used in skincare products as preservatives, slowly releasing small amounts of formaldehyde over time to prevent microbial growth. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and dermatitis. For those with sensitive skin, exposure to formaldehyde releasers can lead to significant discomfort and long-term damage. It’s crucial to read labels carefully and avoid products with ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, and imidazolidinyl urea.

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The Scary Truth About Microplastics and Forever Chemicals

Beyond these harmful ingredients, there’s growing concern about microplastics and “forever chemicals” in skincare products. Microplastics, tiny plastic particles, are used in exfoliants and other products, contributing to environmental pollution and potentially harming your skin. These particles can cause physical abrasion, irritation, and may even penetrate the skin, leading to inflammation and other issues.

“Forever chemicals,” such as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), are used for their water and grease-resistant properties. These chemicals persist in the environment and the human body, posing serious health risks. They’ve been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and immune system damage. Their presence in skincare products is alarming, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin.

The Case for Natural Skincare

Given the potential dangers of these chemicals and artificial ingredients, the case for natural skincare has never been stronger. Natural skincare products harness the power of plant-based ingredients, which are gentle, effective, and free from harmful chemicals. They work in harmony with your skin, providing nourishment and protection without the risk of irritation or long-term damage.

AND all the natural ingredients we use have been studied in medical journals for their efficacy and approved by our in house Doctor! (Dr. Alex MD).

Your skin deserves the best, and that means steering clear of harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients. By being mindful of the ingredients in your skincare products and opting for natural alternatives, you can protect your skin from damage and enjoy a healthier, more radiant complexion. It’s time to take control of your skincare routine and make choices that benefit both your skin and the planet. Our entire range is completely natural and we can't wait for you to try them and fall back in love with your skin.

Here are a few of our favourites for compromised skin (eczema, psoriasis, sun damage):

Propolis + Tamanu Soothing Balm - perfect for those with super dry compromised skin for some immediate restoring. Better than any chemical skin treatment you can find on shelf.

Reishi + Green Tea Day Gel Serum - A daily serum you put on in the morning to protect yourself from sun damage and pollution (apply before your SPF and Moisturiser). Using the power of mushrooms to bring moisture back into your skin.

Cucumber + Sea Buckthorn Rejuvenating Eye Cream - Our miracle under eye treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Our staff favourite. It has the most complex formulation and is around 4x cheaper than brands with similar ingredients (*Compared to an ant-ageing eye cream for £129.99)

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