Skincare ingredients

I think I’ve finally come to the point of reading the ingredient list when searching for skincare products. I used to skip that portion because I don’t exactly know how to read.

Maybe I will put up a list of ingredients which we should avoid here as a future reference for me as well.

1. Mineral Oil/Petroleum
This sits on the skin and forms a film on the skin, to prevent any contact from the environment to your skin. But in the long run, mineral oil can be drying for the skin as it prevents the skin from absorbing moisture and may also clog pores and cause pimples.

2. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
This is a surfactant and is a very effective foaming agent.  This is a very dangerous poison used in hair care and skin care and it is commonly used because it is cheap. But this thing is really a killer; it can also cause skin to be dry in the long run and skin irritation.

3. Collagen
Collagen’s molecules are too big to be absorbed by the skin. They only sit on the surface of the skin and do nothing. It also suffocates the skin.

4. Sodium Chloride (Salt)
Use to give the product a thicker consistency look. But it can cause eye and skin irritation.

5. Alcohol
Used to give a cooling, refreshing effect on the skin. However too much Alcohol may be too drying for the skin and sensitive skin might be allergic to it.

What other ingredients do you usually avoid in skincare?

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