Organic natural substances that gain more and more popularity in cosmetics seem not to harm us at all. Nevertheless, not all natural ingredients in cosmetics are equally safe.
Indeed, the number of natural cosmetics lovers is growing. When we notice “natural” or “organic” on the label, we often grab the product believing that we benefit not only to ourselves but also to the environment. However, you need measure and caution in everything. Even natural ingredients in cosmetics are not always safe for you and the global ecology.
If you suspect that a product does you harm, do not rush to blame chemical products – it is possible that your natural cosmetics is to blame. Here are a few organic ingredients, which you need to be especially careful with
In most cases, cornstarch is a gentle natural ingredient that moisturizes the skin wonderfully. However, it may be unsuitable to you or even cause fungal infections, especially when used externally on the body as a deodorant. If you have a reaction to cornstarch, then replace it with arrowroot powder.
Incense and sandalwood essential oils
The popular fragrant incense and sandalwood essential oils are used in many natural products. However, especially concentrated products can cause allergic reactions in women with sensitive skin. Moreover, in recent years, the trees that produce these essential oils have been under threat of extinction due to excessive exploitation.
Eucalyptus oil is often contained in deodorants, soaps and lotions. It is good not only for its aromatic, but also antibacterial properties. However, despite the wonderful antimicrobial effect, this ingredient may well cause contact dermatitis and destroy the natural skin barrier for a long time. Rosacea only increases the risk of irritation.
Lanolin is the oil extracted from sheep wool. If you stick to a vegetarian lifestyle, it is best to avoid it. This is a common cosmetic ingredient known for its soothing properties, but it also can cause irritation. If you are allergic to wool, products with lanolin can cause rash or skin irritation, which is likely to entail acne.
Lavender and tea tree oils
Despite the fact that lavender is often positioned as a relaxing ingredient, it can also cause dermatitis when used in skin care. These natural ingredients may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and promote the formation of age spots or a change of skin color. Laboratory studies confirm that lavender oil and tea tree products catalyze androgens – male hormones similar to estrogens (female hormone responsible for the growth of breast tissue). Therefore, it is better to use these natural ingredients only in aromatherapy.
Lemon and lime extracts
A citrus cocktail can be effective in controlling acne and greasy glow. Such cosmetic products have pleasant aromas, but you should not apply them every day. Due to high acidity, their prolonged use may lead to drying, skin irritation, and an increased risk of sunburn. Do not forget that citrus fruits are strong allergens to many.
Cosmetic industry manufacturers usually use palm oil as a base ingredient, but because of its devastating effect on the environment, it is better to avoid it or to seek for substitutes. Large-scale production of palm oil leads to a large deforestation and disruption of the natural environment for Malaysian and Indonesian animals, including the endangered orangutans.
If you are constantly worried about cracked lips, the problem may be your lip balm – especially, if it contains mint. First, the use of mint balm gives a soft feel and wonderful cooling freshness, but its constant use can lead to flaking, swelling, and irritation of the lips. As a cosmetic ingredient, mint can dramatically improve skin hypersensitivity.