Are you still picking random skincare products off the shelf at the supermarket? Then stop blaming your genes or the environment for bringing your skin game down. Because no matter how strict a diet you follow or how hard you try to stay away from unhealthy habits, it won’t help unless you take skincare seriously.

Most conventional skincare products are loaded with harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances to please your senses. However, these ingredients do more harm than good for your skin. We know reading those tricky labels is not everyone’s cup of tea, therefore we have simplified it for you. Here are seven skin baddies you should watch out for.

simple skin baddies to watch out for

1. Artificial colors and dyes

If fragrances were not enough, most skincare products contain pretty colours that please your eyes and force you into buying them. While buying skincare products avoid getting carried away by colours and dyes; instead focus on the texture, what it does for your skin and how your skin feels after. The Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser gives your skin instant and long-lasting hydration without any artificial colours or fragrances. Artificial colours release toxins, which can cause skin irritation and block pores leading to acne.

2. Artificial fragrance

Almost every beauty product you use is loaded with artificial fragrances to lure you into buying them. Have you wondered how many real flowers are in your favourite shower gel or body lotion? Chances are none! If you have sensitive skin the first thing you need to do is keep products with artificial fragrance at bay. Because other than pleasing your senses for a few minutes, all they do is cause irritation.

simple skin baddies to watch out for

3. Denatured alcohol

The mention of alcohol on your skincare label should be enough to make you run. Alcohol denat, isopropyl and SD alcohol are some of the common forms of alcohol found in skincare products. Denatured alcohol is often added to skincare products formulated for oily and acne-prone skin as it acts as an astringent, as well as makeup removers. However, it can be extremely dehydrating for the skin and cause dryness, redness as well as inflammation. If you’re looking for a makeup remover sans alcohol, try the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water and the Simple Kind To Skin Eye Make-Up Remover that are effective and at the same time, gentle on the skin.

4. Harsh preservatives

MIT or Methylisothiazolinone is used as a preservative in skincare and cosmetic products such as moisturisers and shower gels to prevent bacteria and fungi from growing on them. However, the presence of this preservative is also linked to serious skin conditions like eczema and contact dermatitis. 

simple skin baddies to watch out for

5. Soap

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a harsh cleanser and foaming agent that is added to the most common, everyday beauty products such as soap, shampoos, body wash and facial cleansers. The problem with using products with soap or sulfates is that they strip your hair and skin of its natural oils leading to skin irritation and allergies. Look for a gentle and skin-loving alternative like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash, which contains its botanical alternative Bisabolol that won’t damage skin cells.

6. Parabens

Another preservative and the most common one, parabens are added to almost every skincare product. Take a look at the products you use every day and you will know exactly what we are talking about. The reason parabens need to exit your beauty shelf and life right away is because they can easily enter your body and disrupt the hormonal balance. They have also been linked to fertility problems and, worst of all, breast cancer.

7. Animal-derived ingredients

Collagen, squalene, keratin and urea are some of the common animal-derived ingredients sitting in your skincare. These ingredients are obtained from shark livers and tissues, bones and skin of mammals. There are natural alternatives available that do not require the sacrifice of these animals.