DO YOU CHECK LABELS ON YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS?

21 Jul 2016

Most of us consciously think about the fuel we are putting into our bodies. And so we should given the ever-increasing incidence of so-called ‘life-style diseases’ including Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease, dementia, stroke and most obviously obesity.

 

Head to your local supermarket and you will see customers carefully reading the ingredients contained in their package or can. There has been a clear change in behaviour in recent years and this has led to the shelves being filled with a wide range of ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ products. Great – as long as they are what they say they are!

 

It would seem, however, that customers spend much less time investigating the ingredients in their skincare and other personal products. While there has been massive growth in the natural skincare market, the mainstays still exist and are flourishing, continuing to build market share.

 

The facts are, however, that most of these products are packed full of man-made chemicals that you would never consider consuming, so why would you want to put them on your face, knowing full well that they will be absorbed into your blood stream?

 

Some of the most concerning ingredients include parabens, propylene glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).

 

While there are hundreds of nasties out there, let’s study these particular ingredients a little more closely. A quick read here may encourage you to check the labels on your skincare products.

 

Parabens inhibit the growth of mold, yeast and bacteria in many skincare products. That sounds great on the surface, but parabens have also been associated with the development of breast cancer – and yes, breast cancer can and does affect men. Studies also show that parabens may interfere with male reproductive functions!

 

Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water and is often used as a skin conditioning agent. Problem is that many people have been negatively impacted by propylene glycol as it can cause skin irritations including dermatitis and hives.

 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are so prolifically used in personal care products. Pick up almost any skincare product in your local mainstream supermarket and read the ingredients. These chemicals are what causes ‘foaming’ to occur. Unfortunately, however, they have also been found to irritate skin and maybe even cause cancer. Not an ideal ingredient to have in shaving cream that you use every day, often more than once!

 

That’s why we recommend using natural products like our Rehab London range. The products are ethically produced and completely free of Palm Oil, parabens, SLSs and other nasty petrochemicals.

 

Suitable for hypersensitive skin, each of the five Rehab London products currently available in Australia contain powerful botanical ingredients and essential oils derived from the volcanic sands of Tahiti and are designed around the masculine healing qualities of Hawaiian Water Algae.

 

The other unique feature of the products is a secret natural oil fragrance made of Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and Citrus Musk.

 

To learn more visit Rehab London’s website http://rehablondon.co.uk or if you are in Australia, you can find our products at Target stores.

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