If you check the food labels diligently before making a purchase, then it’s time you do the same with your skincare products. There are so many chemicals in your products that are harming your skin. These harmful ingredients are believed to cause everything from hormonal disruptions to cancer.

If you want to switch to safer skincare but don’t know what ingredients to avoid, we are here to help you. Here is a list of all the ingredients to avoid in your skincare products for flawless, problem-free skin.

Parabens
 

Parabens

Parabens are widely used as preservatives that forfeit the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. But they possess estrogen-mimicking properties and are linked with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumours.

Fragrance
 

Fragrance

All of us love our floral scented lotions and body washes, but the fragrances represent hundreds of chemicals that are prone to causing allergies, asthma attacks, headaches and more. Added fragrances in cleansers tend to be irritating and can dry out the skin, hence it best to avoid anything overly perfume-y or scented.

Sodium lauryl sulphate
 

Sodium lauryl sulphate

That squeaky clean feeling you get after washing your face is due to the presence of sodium lauryl sulphate, a common ingredient added to face wash to make it foam. However, SLS strips the skin of natural oils that our skin actually needs for protection.

Oils
 

Oils

Most of the skincare products contain some amount of oil as a moisturising ingredient. While oil does indeed add moisture, certain types can clog pores leading to breakouts. Unless you have severely dry skin, using oil-free products is a safer option. Avoid buying products with propylene glycol, paraffin, and mineral oil as they are particularly harmful.

Alcohol
 

Alcohol

Often used as a base ingredient in many skincare products, alcohol severely dries the skin making it prone to inflammation. It also breaks down the skin’s natural barrier and makes it more susceptible to damage.