4 Reasons Why Ingredients are Important When it Comes to Skincare

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With so many skincare products on the market, it is tough to know what the ingredients are in each one. There are many reasons to do your research and find out what goes into products you use regularly and those you are considering trying out for the first time. 

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Before you start shopping to restock your skincare favorites or find some new ones, explore four top reasons ingredients matter when it comes to skincare. 

1. It Helps You Avoid Known Allergens to Your Skin 

If you have ever experienced a rash or breakout because your skincare product contained an ingredient that sparked an allergic reaction, you know you never want to go through that again if you can help it. Everyday Health shares that as many as 24 percent of Americans have had an allergic reaction to a product in their skincare regimen. Fortunately, by scanning ingredient lists on skin cleansers and creams, you can avoid any unpleasant skin responses. If you don’t know whether you are allergic to an ingredient when trying a product and experience a negative reaction, you can research what element might have caused it to avoid it in the future. 

Here are some common allergens in skincare products: 

  • Fragrances and preservatives including parabens, Phenoxyethanol, imidazolidinyl urea, methylchloroisothiazolinone, formaldehyde, and DMDM hydantoin have all been linked to skin allergies. 
  • Retin-A used in wrinkle creams can cause irritant contact dermatitis. 

2. It Lets You Know What Makes a Skincare Product “Clean” 

Clean products are those that do not contain any known toxins or other ingredients that might harm your overall health. Many times, brands market products as clean when a deeper dive uncovers less-than-clean ingredients. Reading the label helps you verify that the company is true to its word.

Avoid the following ingredients: 

  • Parabens are known as endocrine disruptors since they can spark hormonal imbalances 
  • Artificial fragrances aren’t always easily identifiable, but when you see a label touting them, best beware since they don’t fall into the clean category
  • Foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate are not particularly clean ingredients, ironically, and they often irritate the skin and trigger allergies
  • Preservative agents like formaldehyde are known carcinogens that everyone should avoid 

3. What Goes On Your Skin Is as Important as What Goes Into Your Body

Over the past decade, food manufacturers have improved transparency with mandated nutrition labels. With this information, consumers have gotten used to taking a little time to determine the best foods for themselves and their families. If you take the time and effort to check your food labels, it makes sense to find out what goes into your beauty products. 

4. Helps You Determine the Most Effective Product for Special Conditions  

You can always go to the local drug store to buy a cheap product to fight acne, but if you are like most people struggling with this condition, you want something powerful yet gentle. Search for a brand that specializes in regimes that feature salicylic acid, sulfur, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and benzoyl peroxide products. These acne-fighting ingredients are dermatologist-approved, gentle, and effective. 

Enjoy Clean and Clear Skin With Safe and Healthy Ingredients 

It is always worth taking extra steps to find out what you are putting into or on your body. Knowing your ingredients empowers you to make the best choice to keep your skin glowing.

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