Detox your largest organ

It’s the time of year when most of us embark on a detox after over indulging in too much food and alcohol. However we spend a lot of time thinking about what we put in our body but we should also important to consider what we put on our body. Our biggest organ is the skin and it can absorb nutrients and chemicals both good and bad ones.

Think about all the products that you use as part of your daily skincare routine and if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth then you shouldn’t feed it to your skin.

Here are a few tips of how to detoxify your skin

  1. Always read the ingredients.
  2. Eliminate potentially harmful ingredients that cause skin irritation or can be toxic.
  3. Avoid synthetic ingredients.

Ingredients to avoid

1) Parabens

What to look for on a label: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, heptylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben and benzylparaben.

Parabens are widely used as preservatives and are found in a wide array of products, from lotions, to body washes and shampoos. They can potentially impact female reproductive health.

Most natural or organic products use much safer alternatives.

 

2) Sodium laureth sulphate (SLeS) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)

What to look for on a label: sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate.

Sodium lauryl sulphate was introduced globally more than 60 years ago as emulsifier or detergent and is found in many cosmetic products, especially in shampoos and body washes.

SLS is one of the cheapest and strongest surfactants used in skin care; it is also one of the most irritating.

 

3) Mineral oil

What to look for on a label: paraffinum liquidum, paraffinum, cera microcristallina, petrolatum, mineral oil or paraffin waxes.

Mineral oil is a byproduct of refining crude oil to make gasoline and other petroleum products. It is very inexpensive, has a long shelf life and it is also quite an effective emollient. They are widely used in skincare products for example in body lotions, facial creams and lipsticks or lip balms.

There are much better alternatives out there – vegetable carrier oils are great emollients, and they contain beneficial fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants.

 

 

4) Synthetic fragrance

What to look for on a label: fragrance, parfum.

We all love the appealing scent of cosmetic products, don’t we? Unfortunately, fragrances are only listed as ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ on the label, but they are a complex mixture of many chemicals, which are not disclosed. This has raised some concerns as there have been some reported side-effects of these substances related to skin sensitivity, rashes, dermatitis, coughing, asthma attacks, migraine, etc

Choose products that are lightly scented with natural and gentle essential oils.

 

5) Formaldehyde releasers

What to look for on a label: imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15.

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are used in many products to help prevent microbial contamination. Their formaldehyde-releasing ability makes them a potential allergen and toxicant in humans.

 

Skin care company Ermana do not use any of these ingredients. All their ingredients are 100% natural.

Once you eliminate synthetics and toxic ingredients from your skincare regime, your skin will naturally improve and your skin will become healthier. 



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