When it comes to caring for your skin, it’s best to arm yourself with knowledge about the ingredients that formulate your skin care products.
Critical to well balanced skin is the maintenance of your skin’s natural oils. The sebum in your skin that’s produced by your sebaceous (oil) glands is responsible for lubricating and weather proofing your skin from the elements.
One of the reasons your skin appears dry is its oil mantle has either been stripped or is under-producing.
To protect your precious sebum from being stripped out of your skin, there are beneficial skin care ingredients you should look for and there are certain skin care ingredients you should make sure are omitted from your skin care products. These include but are not limited to:
Alcohol – some will debate this issue as there are different types of alcohol: ethanol, ethyl, SD, Isopropyl, Methanol, Cetyl, Stearyl Cetyl and Stearyl are not necessarily as drying to the skin where as the others can severely leach the skin of beneficial oils and moisture.
Detergents - Like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) which are used to degrease cars. Enough said.
Synthetic Fragrance – a common irritant that usually consists of a number of unknown synthetics
Propylene Glycol – This synthetic substance absorbs water away from whatever it comes in contact with. It’s also a strong irritant.
Chlorine – Used to sterilize water by killing harmful agents. This is not only drying to your skin. It’s also severely drying to your hair.
It’s a lot easier to protect the beneficial oils in your skin by simply avoiding skin care products with these common ingredients.