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Although these artificial additives should have never made there way into skincare products,  they have! They are now found in most products because they are cheaper and easier to source than natural and organic ingredients.  I am always saying “Check the Label” and at Clean Green Skincare I love it when people ‘Check our Labels’ because we only use ingredients that are good for you and the environment.


The Top 5 Skincare additives to avoid

(Written for Ecodeals – By Jamie Geurtjens)


1 – Parabens – (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben).

•  Parabens are used in many skincare and baby products as a preservative.  Studies show that Parabens act as a hormone disrupter within the body and can be carcinogenic.  Banned from use in children’s products in Denmark, Parabens are still used in most skincare products throughout the world.

2 – Petrochemicals – (mineral oils, Paraffin, Petrolatum).

•  Petrochemicals are harmful to our health, and the environment, and used excessively in skincare products because they are cheap.  They give the illusion of moisturising the skin, but actually form a barrier which prevents the skin from breathing.

3 – Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate –

• Often found in cleansers, shampoos and soaps, these additives are used to provide the lathering effect.  They are completely unnecessary, and can cause skin sensitivity, and redness.  They have also been linked to disturbances within the nervous system and studies suggest they may cause cancer.

4 – Artificial colours and Fragrances–

•Artificial Colours are usually listed as 100 numbers.  Some of the most harmful are Tartrazine 102, and Sunset Yellow 110, causing numerous harmful effects from skin irritation, hyperactivity, anxiety and cancer. Artificial Fragrances are often derived from petrochemicals and manufacturers do not have to list the concoction of chemicals used to develop the fragrance, and is usually listed as fragrance.

5 – Pesticides. 

• Hundreds of artificial chemical sprays and pesticides are sprayed onto skincare ingredients.  Because these are used in the growing and processing of the ingredients, these are not listed on labels.  Products labelled as ‘Natural’ use ingredients grown and processed using numerous chemicals such as insecticides.  Organic products use ingredients that are free from harmful chemicals, providing a healthier alternative for you and the environment.

How can you avoid these harmful additives? – Always read the label of your skincare products. Around 60% of what is applied to the skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, choosing organic skincare will help your body cut down on the amount of toxins it needs to process, adding to your health and well-being.


Jamie Geurtjens – Clean Green Skincare

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