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What ingredients to avoid using in your skin care products

There are several ingredients commonly found in skincare and beauty products that can be harmful or irritating to some people's skin. Here are some of the ingredients to be cautious of.

Leslie Morand is a holistic esthetician, trainer and beauty founder of Le Vie Skincare. She has been in the beauty industry for over two decades. She worked with hundreds of skin care brands on clients' faces. Clients would come in with dehydrated, sensitized or acne. Many times I find the products they use at home to be part of the skin issue.

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The goal was to have her clients not leave with red irritated skin. How many times have you had a facial and your skin is itchy and sensitized? This one reason she created Le Vie Skincare. Now teaching other estheticians what to look for in the skin care products they use in the facial room. Having the clients well being top of mind.

Below are the main ingredients to look for and avoid in your skin care products.

1.Sulfates: Sulfates are common in many cleansing and hair products, but they can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and inflammation.

2. Fragrances: Artificial fragrances and perfumes can contain dozens of potentially harmful chemicals, which can cause irritation, allergic reactions, and even skin damage.

3. Parabens: Parabens methyl and propyl are preservatives used in many skincare products to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. However, they have been linked to hormone disruption and other health concerns.

4.Alcohol: Alcohol is often used in toners, astringents, and other skincare products to help them evaporate quickly. However, it can be drying and irritating to most skin types.

5. Synthetic dyes: Synthetic dyes are often used to color cosmetics and skincare products, but they can cause irritation and allergic reactions in some people.

6. Mineral oil: Mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum and is commonly used in skincare products as a moisturizer. However, it can clog pores and prevent the skin from breathing, which can lead to acne and other skin issues.

7. Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a preservative used in some skincare and beauty products, but it is a known carcinogen and can cause allergic reactions.

8.Hydroquinone is an ingredient used in Brightening and lightening skin care products. It is used on Melasma also known as pregnancy masque to lighten pigmentation and brown spots. Many years ago when I was studying in Europe, I found that it had been banned due to it being cytotoxic which means it can kill cell chromosomes if overused which can lead to some cancers. In some cases with darker skin it can actually make the skin darker when exposed to sunlight. It also was removed from skin care products in many Asian countries as well.

9. Coconut oil: it is a natural oil that has been used for centuries in various skincare and haircare products. While it does have some beneficial properties, such as moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects, there are also reasons why it may not be the best choice for everyone. Here are some reasons why coconut oil on the skin may not be ideal: They use this is many organic and natural sunscreens. It can clog pores:

Coconut oil is a heavy oil that has a high comedogenic rating, meaning that it can clog pores and potentially lead to breakouts, especially in people with acne-prone or oily skin. It may cause irritation. Due to having lauric acid, which can be irritating to some people's skin, causing redness, itching, or a rash. It may worsen certain skin conditions: It can worsern certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections, as it can disrupt the skin's natural barrier and potentially exacerbate inflammation.

10. Oxybenzone and Octinoxate is not only toxic to coral reefs. According to a study conducted by Environmental Health Perspectives scientists on coral bleaching, octinoxate “caused complete bleaching [of coral] even at very low concentrations. They are hormone disruptors. read more on what are hormone disruptors in your skin care products.

It is important to read the labels of skincare and beauty products carefully and choose products that are free from these potentially harmful ingredients if you are concerned about the health of your skin or the clients skin and well being.

Stay tuned for more beauty blogs on ingredients, skin and facial tips.

Happy Skin,

Le Vie Skincare

Leslie Morand

Beauty founder, Holistic Esthetician and Trainer


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