Not that long ago, most people were clueless about their skincare products having potentially toxic and harmful ingredients? Like, what? How can something that’s meant to care for my skin, actually contain anything harmful? But turns out that they do!

These harmful ingredients are believed to cause much harm; from hormonal disruptions to concerns as severe as cancer. To help solve this problem, it is important to switch to a clean beauty routine by avoiding certain skincare baddies. Here is a list of all the ingredients you must avoid in your skincare products for flawless, problem-free skin...

Sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS)
 

Sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS)

Sodium lauryl sulphate, more commonly known as SLS, is an artificially foaming agent that is used mainly in facewashes and shampoos. While this ingredient makes you believe that your skin and scalp are feeling squeaky clean, it in fact, a well-known skin irritant, hormone and endocrine disruptor and suspected carcinogen. The less a product foams, the better it is. The Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash is SLS free and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Alcohol
 

Alcohol

Alcohol is very commonly used as a base ingredient in many skincare products to make the creams feel lighter and penetrate your skin better. This skincare baddie disrupts skin’s pH level and fatty acids, making it more susceptible to harmful bacterial infestations viruses and skin infections. Alcohol also severely dries the skin making it prone to inflammation.

Artificial fragrances
 

Artificial fragrances

Who does not like smelling fresh as a daisy all day long? But when you see any skincare product that mentions ‘fragrance/parfum’ as one of the ingredients, keep it back right away. This is because manufacturers aren’t obligated to reveal what those fragrances are made up of, and more often than not, these artificial fragrances turn out to be a cocktail of carcinogens, allergens, endocrine disruptors, and skin irritants. To avoid this issue, use fragrance free formulas such as the Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser to avoid skin irritation and redness. 

Toluene
 

Toluene

Toluene, mostly found in hair dyes and nail polishes, is an extremely volatile petrochemical solvent. In nail polishes, toluene helps to suspend the colour and form a smooth finish across the nail. But this ingredient is extremely toxic for the immune system and can also cause birth defects. It is highly advisable for pregnant women to stay away from nail paints and hair dyes that contain toluene as an ingredient. 

Parabens
 

Parabens

If there is one ingredient that’s commonly found in everything, from soaps and body lotions, to makeup and skincare, then it has to be parabens. Parabens are preservatives that help improve the shelf-life of a product. But long-term exposure to paraben mimics the body’s own hormones, thereby causing disruption of important endocrine functions. It also causes premature skin ageing. The Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water has a formula that is free from skincare baddies and it effectively removes all traces of makeup without being harsh on the skin.