Ingredients You Don't Want on Your Skin
What skin care companies would prefer you didn’t know about the toxic chemicals contained in their products
Most skin care products, including those by big brand companies, contain many of the same harsh chemicals used in industrial processes. These chemicals are known to cause a wide range of adverse health effects and skin irritation.
Dangerous ingredients to look out for in skin care products
The following list contains some of the most common ingredients used in skin care products, which have proven adverse health effects. We recommend you avoid products that contain any of these ingredients.
Acrylamide: Found in many hand and face creams.
Alcohols: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol - Very drying and irritating for the skin. Alcohols strip away the skin's natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses. May promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. (Note: We do use stearyl and cetearyl alcohol, which are waxes and have nothing in common with the alcohols listed above.)
Dioxane: (a synthetic derivative of coconut). Widely used in skin care products. Usually contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer." It is a by-product of petrochemical ethylene oxide, which is used as part of a process called ethoxylation, which makes harsh ingredients milder.
1,4-Dioxane is also a leading groundwater contaminant.
Mineral oil: liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, petrolatum – a petroleum by-product that coats the skin to keep in moisture. It clogs the pores, interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, encouraging acne and other disorders. Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from the skin causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing. Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Skincare manufacturers use mineral oil because it’s cheap.
Padimate-O: (also known as octyl dimethyl) - found mostly in sunscreens. Like DEA, a nitrosamine-forming agent. There is concern that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen is then turned into free radicals.
Parabens: methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben – Widely used as a preservative in skin care products (including moisturizers). Studies suggest they may interfere with the body’s endocrine system, as well as causing allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Phenol carbolic acid: Found in many lotions and skin creams.
Rancid natural emollients: Natural oils used in skin care products should be cold pressed. When oils are refined, they are stripped of vital nutrients and also contain poisonous trans fatty acids. Natural oils can also go rancid if kept past their use-by date.
Toluene: Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
Triclosan: An anti-bacterial agent, widely used in skin care products (also used in weed killers). There is evidence to suggest triclosan may contribute to creating strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, due to its wide use in skin care products.
You can use Xtend-Life skin care products with confidence knowing that there are no substances used with questionable safety records.