Purchasing Blindly

As a licensed esthetician, I am constantly in a state of angst when I see or hear of non-licensed individuals selling skincare product lines to consumers. Non-licensed individuals do not have the schooling or knowledge base to make the best educated decisions for the consumer.  Many of the products that non-licensed individuals are selling and representing contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, fragrances, synthetic colors and sodium laureth sulfate.  (Just to mention a few.)

Reasons why "you" the consumer should stay away from these ingredients….

1.      Parabens are used as a preservative that help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetics. You may be thinking that’s a good thing right?! Unfortunately, not! Parabens possess estrogen mimicking properties that have been associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Parabens can be found in many over the counter cosmetic products such as makeup, facewash, body wash, deodorant, and more. Though many companies have stopped using parabens in their products, there are a large number of companies that still use the ingredient.

2.      Fragrances are scary for many reasons.  The term fragrance was created to protect (rather hide) a company’s secret formula. So, what does this mean? It means no one really knows what ingredients are used to make up a fragrance in a product. What we do know is that fragrances have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, repertory distress and potential side effects to the reproductive system.

3.      Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to children with ADHD. Many countries have banned the use of synthetic colors but the US is not one of them.

4.      This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and household cleaning products. SLS are known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. This ingredient can be found in shampoo, body wash / cleanser, acne treatment and mascara.

Are you frightened yet? As the consumer, I would highly encourage you to read through the list of ingredients before you purchase the product. Even if the product promises countless benefits, be wise and do your homework. In addition, (and I can’t stress the importance of this part) you should only purchase skincare products from a licensed esthetician. Licensed estheticians have the knowledge to help the consumer choose the best product for their skin type and skin condition. After all, it is our job to help you achieve your skincare goals!