What we put on our skin is as important as what we eat. The skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products and then they come into direct contact with the bloodstream, which can have tremendous health and hormonal impact and consequences. We are not only putting ourselves at risk by using harmful chemicals but the environment as well. Knowing these unquestionable facts, skincare specialists have compiled a list of the following harmful ingredients and AYAN® is committed to it.
PARABENS are most widely used low-cost preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetic and personal care products that contain significant amounts of water such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, facial and shower cleansers and scrubs and more. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and hair and can disrupt the endocrine system, the normal hormone function and affect the whole body. The most common used parabens are: methylparaben (E218), ethylparaben (215), propylparaben (E216), butylparaben (E209).
PETROLEUM PRODUCTS are used as moisturizing agents and are found .in everything from shampoo and conditioners to anti-aging creams, body lotions, mascaras, perfumes, lipsticks, lip balms, and more. They soften the skin and hair and form a water-repellant film on it. By doing so, skin’s natural immune barrier is disrupted and the skin loses its ability to breathe and release toxins. This can promote acne and other skin disorders. In addition the natural skin function and the normal cell development are disturbed, which can lead to prematurely cell and skin aging.
SYNTHETIC DYES are chemicals additives used to change the shade of soaps, lotions, shower gels, face creams, shampoos, and more. Some of the synthetic chemicals found in synthetic dyes are mercury, lead, chromium, copper, sodium chloride, toluene, and benzene and they leave toxins on your skin which greatly increase your risk of sensitivity and irritation. Synthetic dyes block the skin pores and can lead to acne.
SILICONES are found in shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and they give products a silky, spreadable and luxurious texture, because of the full in crevices effect. They are also water-resistant and are forming a seal over the skin and hair, which the companies used to claim as long-lasting hydration. This barrier can trap dirt, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells, and more and causes acne or can slow down the production of new cells. Silicones are also difficult to remove. To identify silicones in the list ingredients look for amodimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, methicone, trimethicone, trimethylsilylamodimethicone, dimethiconol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, cyclopentasiloxane, polydimethylsiloxane, siloxane.
SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES are not required to be declared in the ingredients list and they can be indicated under ‘parfum’. Therefore it is impossible to know which fragrance substances are in the cosmetic products, but the side-effects are related to skin sensitivity, rashes, dermatitis, coughing, asthma attacks, migraine, can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and other behavioral problems. Anything that smells nice, including deodorants, perfumes, makeup, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and even baby care products, probably contains chemical. Most or all of these are usually synthetic.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL is petroleum derivative produced by propylene oxide hydration and is used in skin & hair care products as a moisturizer, skin conditioning agent, carrier in fragrance oils, solvent and viscosity decreasing agent, and also to improve freeze-thaw stabilize of emulsions. It helps also to build the consistent texture of lipstick, the consistency of lotions and formulas that contain both oil and water. Propylene Glycol remains on the surface of the skin after you rinse it and thereafter the skin reacts by becoming parched and dry and more moisturizer is needed, which make skin dryer and requiring more moisture, so that a sad cycle starts running. It is also known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema.
MINERAL OIL also called liquid petroleum, paraffinum liquidum, paraffin oil and white mineral oil is made from petroleum as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is cheap, odorless, colorless, lightweight, and inexpensive, doesn’t oxidize and can easily be kept for a long time. The mineral oil is used in personal care products, from baby oil to makeup and from body lotions to cold creams as a hydrating ingredient, to promote skin smoothness and softness. The oil creates also a barrier over the skin and can affect the skin water balance, the ejection of impurities and can lead to acne.
PEG’s is the abbreviation of polyethylene glycol and is a mixture of compounds, of polymers that have been bounded together and are in wide variety of products from shampoos, deodorants, eye creams to toothpaste, facial cleansers and more. Polyethylene is a most common form of plastic and when mixed with glycol is widely used in cosmetics as thickener and softener. Other PEGs function is as emulsifiers, which help water-based and oil-based ingredients mix properly and also as absorption enhancer, which allows both good and bad ingredients to be absorbed faster into deeper parts of skin. In addition, PEGs can reduce the skin’s moisture levels and speed up skin aging.
SLES stands for Sodium Laureth Sulphate and SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, both are caustic chemical detergents and foaming agents, which are found in shampoos, body and face wash, shower gels and other foamy products. Strong evidences show that they are irritating the skin, eyes and the respiratory tract and also have the ability to easily penetrate the dermal layers and enter the bloodstream.
FORMALDEHYDE is colorless, strong-smelling gas found in hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics and is used to prevent microbes from growing in water-based products. Formaldehyde can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. Producers of skin care products are avoiding the liquid preparations of formaldehyde and they use a class of chemicals that slowly release formaldehyde over the time as they degrade. The most commonly used formaldehyde releasers in personal care industry are Bronopol, Imidazolidinyl, Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium-15.
PHTHALATES are used as softeners in skincare products and the most commonly phthalates in personal care products and in cosmetics are dibutyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate and dimethyl phthalate. They can disturb the endocrine system and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Phthalates are often used as a carrier for synthetic fragrance and is not disclosed on every product.