Skincare FAQ – Your Top Questions Answered!

With all the products on the market, it’s tough to figure out what would help you achieve your skincare goals. And, with news of studies making us question what we put on our skin, it makes things even more confusing.

But, we’re here to help. Clients are always asking great questions that are sure to help them learn more about skincare. These days we’re more concerned about what we put in our bodies as well as what we put on our skin. After all, who wants to deal with toxins and harsh chemicals? Here are the answers to the most common questions we hear.

What is non-toxic skincare?

The short answer is that non-toxic skincare is free of the harsh chemicals commonly found in the skincare products we use every day. Our skin is the protective barrier of our bodies. As such, it absorbs whatever we put on it. Research shows an increase in chemical exposure due to the toxic chemicals found in the lotions, creams, soap, body washes and makeup we use.

5 chemicals to avoid

Phthalates are solvents found in many skin creams and skincare products (but often not listed). They damage the kidneys and liver and may cause birth defects. Additionally, it is a hormone disruptor that may decrease sperm counts and cause early breast development in both boys and girls. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a detergent often found in foaming personal-care products, like a daily cleanser. SLSs cause skin irritation and rob the skin of its natural moisture. Oxybenoze is commonly found in sunscreens and is an endocrine disruptor that may impact the reproductive system. Specifically, it’s been linked to low sperm count, early puberty in girls and more. Dimethicone is a silicone-based polymer that is found in skincare products as well as makeup and hair products. It helps products keep skin (or hair) hydrated longer. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well, not so much. Since it covers the skin, it may cause irritation and dryness and worsen acne. BPA - Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA, had a moment a few years ago that had many people tossing their water bottles in favour of BPA-free options. However, BPA is a common chemical found in the containers that house many skincare products. This is especially dangerous for products known to boost absorbancy of the product; after all, it’s formulated to help boost absorption, guess what it’s also helping to absorb? (hint: it’s BPA). It’s a known endocrine disruptor that has been linked to heart problems, infertility, early puberty and more.

What is natural skincare?

Natural skincare is a term that encompasses products that contain none of these harmful ingredients. Instead, they are formulated with plant-derived ingredients (from fruit, flowers, etc.), animal-derived ingredients (like beeswax or honey), and minerals. The ingredients used in natural skincare are less likely to cause than conventional skincare products and are generally gentler on the skin. This is so important, especially if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, dry skin or acne.

Why include Essential Oils?

Essential oils are plant-derived oils that are included in skincare products to improve the skin. Not all oils are ideal for use on the face; however, popular oils including peppermint, lavender, chamomile, and tea tree are commonly found in many skincare products and may benefit the skin. Some of these benefits include reversing the signs of ageing, treating spots, and addressing skin conditions, from eczema to dry skin. The oils are often diluted in skincare products, making them safer to use.

What is vegan skincare?

Just like the diet, vegan skincare eliminates all animal-derived ingredients, including beeswax, keratin, lanolin, silk, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and squalene. Instead, they contain plant-based and/or safe synthetic ingredients that mimic those that may be derived from animals. Vegan products are always cruelty-free and are stamped with a bunny or Vegan Society Stamp. CosMedix has lots of Natural and vegan skincare products. Click here to learn more.

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