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Break the hold of skincare nasties

by Palakshi Bhargava on May 31, 2021

 You need to dissect your skincare
 product labels & ingredients.
Here’s why!


As confusing as the product labels may sound to you, there’s no denying that they do help you to make an informed decision for your skin. From ingredients that seem scary but are good for your skin to ingredients that sound soft but should be avoided at all cost – it is a whole wide world waiting for you to be explored.


Here’s why you have got to embark on this journey of discovery:


How else would you know if the product is safe to use?


Let’s be sure what your skin is allergic or sensitive to.


Learn about what ingredient works best for your skin.



Some ingredients for you to note down as red flags.




aka methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparapen, ethylparaben.

Widely known as being harmful, Parabens form a category of preservatives that maintain the product’s freshness and potency. However, they are believed to seep through your body and disrupt your hormones. According to some studies, Parabens can also increase the risk of cancer.


aka quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, etc

 Considered to be a possible carcinogen, Formaldehyde is a specific type of preservative that is found in certain skincare products. It can be mentioned as different names like 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1, d-dioxane, bronopol, imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15.


aka sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)& sodium laureth sulphate(SLES)
Viewed as one of the most threatening ingredients in beauty products, Sulfates includes ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate as cleansing agents that can tear and tingle the skin. 

Artificial Fragrance

Causing irritation, headaches, allergic reactions, and much worse reactions, the synthetic fragrance is harmful even for those who don't really deal with sensitive or redness-prone skin.


aka diisononyl phthalate (DiNP), di phthalate (DEHP), diethyl phthalate (DEP)
Mainly used as softeners or lubricants in a variety of skincare products and cosmetics, Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors that are associated with breast cancer and reproductive birth defects in males and females.


Regardless of what your skin type is, Silicones should be avoided in skincare products at all cost as they could be keeping you from having a healthy complexion, flawless skin, and could also be trapping debris in your pores. Apart from that, Silicon is also hazardous to the environment.


Although the word “acid” might sound terrifying, they’re not always harsh on the skin. Apart from serving as a mild exfoliating agent, certain acids (such as hyaluronic) work as a key moisture-binding ingredient and are soft on the skin, regardless of the type and condition.


Continue this journey of exploration and learn about the ingredients that you should look for in your next skincare cart.


Here’s to educating yourself and knowing what’s best for your skin!
Tip:  Checkout these resources to deep dive into your skincare labels, get to know them more!
  • INCI Decoder: Offers detailed descriptions of product labels, makes ingredient reading a breeze. Apart from covering almost every skincare ingredient on the planet INCI Decoder also has a solid coverage over products so that you can easily lookup products which you are using or wish to use. A powerful tool for skincare fanatics! -Visit Site
  • EWG’s Skin Deep: Like INCI Decoder Skin Deep is a database of detailed information about skincare ingredients. EWG also provides insights into origin or class of most ingredients. They grade ingredients as per popular research, helps in identifying the risks associated with certain nasties. -Visit Site
  • Skincarisma: Skincarisma is very intuitive to use. It has some added features such as identifying suitable products by skin type. People who find chemical names frustrating may feel more at home here. Although they have an extensive database you may find many brands and products not available here. -Visit Site
  • A holy grail for hardcore skincare enthusiasts, the website covers an extensive list of ingredients. Everything from color cosmetics to shampoos, the website has it. The website also contains some very useful do’s and don’ts for many popular ingredients. They also serve information about consumer and manufacturer responsibility. -Visit Site
  • Wikipedia: The good ol’ Wikipedia is useful in providing an overview of many ingredients. Although it lacks in communicating implications and the source of info may not be always solid, but a little wiki search never harmed anyone, right?




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