Inherently, we know that things can be absorbed through the skin. Some clinical studies suggest it can take as little as 15-30 seconds for substances applied to the body to be absorbed into the blood stream. One examples is nicotine patches. And yet, how many times have we applied products such as facial moisturisers, body washes and body lotions onto our skin without really knowing what ingredients they have? Many commercially available cosmetics, personal care products and skincare use ingredients taht are potentially harmful to our bodies. While some molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, we know that many are small enough to get through.
Looking at every single ingredient in a product can be daunting or confusing for most consumers; thankfully, things like face washes which you simply put on and wash off are unlikely to cause major problems. It’s the products that you leave in and have a lot of exposure to which you need to be careful with. As a rule of thumb, if you would feel wrong ingesting a chemical, you probably shouldn’t be soaking in it or rubbing it into your skin. Here’s a basic list of ingredients you should be looking out for in products that you have a lot of exposure to:
- Formaldehyde (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol/diazolidinyl urea/DMDM hydantoin/imidazolidinyl urea/quaternium 15/1,4-dioxane)
- Pthalates (not usually listed on the label, if in doubt, look it up)
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA)
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium laureth sulphate
- Propylene Glycol and PEG’s
- PVP/VA Copolymer
If you want products that you know are going to be safe, our clinic carries Argital products; they’re completely natural, and produce excellent results.