3 Beauty Ingredients You Should Avoid

Posted for Beauty On November 20, 2008

Hi,

The internet is sprawling with many sugar coated reviews about various skin care products that each one seems to be better than the other. It’s almost as if no product is bad.

How I wish that was true. Unfortunately that’s not the case!

Here are 4 commonly used skin care products that can actually do more harm than good. Read on…

Apricot Scrubs
Nothing sounds more attractive than a natural apricot scrub to exfoliate your skin! it might sound tempting, but the fact is apricot scrubs are harsh for the skin.

Actually apricot particles are not exactly round. They are more angular and therefore have rough edges. When you rub it against your skin, it tends to stretch and rip off the pores.

It’s best to stick to mild scrubs like Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte. They are superior exfoliating lotions that contains phytic acid that help to make the skin smooth and supple.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is perhaps the most popular acne fighting ingredient. It creates reactive oxygen species in the sebaceous glands and kills the P. acne. However, since it is responsible for forming free radicals, only use it on the area of damage.

Avoid cleansers and moisturizers that contain benzoyl peroxide.

Lip Gloss without SPF

Lip glosses can attract the radiation from the sun and penetrate deeper into the skin surface instead of reflecting radiation off your lips. This can hamper the production of collagen and elastin fibers resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. In severe cases, it can also lead to skin cancer.

To be on the safer side, it’s always better to use lipsticks or lip glosses that contain SPF and are able to shield your lips from harmful UV radiations of the sun.

As important it is to know what to use on your skin, it is also important to know what to avoid.

Best of Luck!

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