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There’s Something Hiding in Your Skincare. Boo!

With Halloween quickly approaching, we couldn’t resist the chance to give you a few scares! Some of the additives used in popular skincare products are truly haunting. We want to educate you about these harmful skincare ingredients to ensure that you avoid any adverse side effects that could cause painful or irritating damage.

An easy way to spot a monster in your skincare industry is if you notice a word that’s scary to pronounce! These hard to say ingredients are often synthetic, causing unwanted effects on the skin. They may even worsen pre-existing skin conditions. What a nightmare.

Here’s What to Look Out For…

Coconut Oil, Ghoulishly Comedogenic

Coconut Oil is a great multi-use product for cooking tasty treats and getting out scary stains. However, it is comedogenic, meaning that the molecules are so big that they will clog your pores. If you use it as a makeup remover, you will find that your face is left with a waxy residue. Although we enjoy fall scented candles, we don’t want your skin to feel like wax!

Here’s a trick that’s a treat! Instead of using Coconut Oil to take off heavy makeup, try using a gentle all-natural makeup remover. Our cucumber based Makeup Remover contains a subtle smell of refreshing cucumber and forms soft bubbles that absorb makeup a moment after applying it. Whether it’s glitter from your fairy costume or a dark cat eye for your fabulous kitty outfit, our makeup remover will surely do the trick.

Glycerin and Synthetic Mineral Oil, Monstrous Moisture Trapper

Glycerin is a popular base in many skincare products due to its malleability, but it proposes multiple threats to the skin. Much like a greedy goblin, Glycerin acts as a humectant, which means that it retains all of the water and moisture for itself. Meanwhile, its sticky consistency draws in monsters like dust and dirt. If that’s not frightening enough, Glycerin forms a layer on the surface that traps toxins, preventing your skin from breathing comfortably. If your environment is drier than your skin, humectants will draw out moisture from the lower layers of the skin. This process dries you from the inside out.

The notion that Synthetic Mineral Oil is used to hydrate and retain moisture is a spooky skincare myth. It has the reverse effect! Because it’s petroleum-based, it leaves the skin feeling greasy instead of moisturized. The villains of the cosmetic world would recommend a harmful scrub or an additional toner to combat the greasy feeling, which starts the destructive cycle all over again. What a mess! 

Acid and Peels, Terrifying Skin Thinner

There’s nothing wrong with a little exfoliation, as long as you stay away from products that are abrasive and damaging. Although we love natural ingredients, the crushed up nutshells that you find in many store-bought exfoliants are too rough for your skin. Microscopic beads and harsh acids are also known to spook the skin into over-protecting itself, causing it to make far more and tougher skin cells than it really needs. Which demands more exfoliation to maintain a normal complexion. This destructive cycle ultimately damages your skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles, much like the faces of witches we’ve been seeing on TV all month long.

If you’re in need of an exfoliating mask that won’t cause any haunting damage, check out our gentle Enzyme Exfoliating Mask! It lifts away dead skin without causing damage to existing skin cells. As a result, your skin will be left feeling soft, fresh, and even-toned. What a relief!

Alcohol, Devilishly Drying

As much as we love to indulge in a witches brew or spicy spiked cider on these breezy Fall days, it’s common knowledge that having one too many can make you feel unwell. Unfortunately, alcohol has the same sickening effect on our skin. Alcohol dries out your skin, forcing it to defend itself by overproducing oil, leaving it feeling unbalanced. Most T-zones are caused by artificially drying out the skin with ingredients that are alcohol based.

Phenoxyethanol, Poisonously Petrifying

Phenoxyethanol is challenging to pronounce and even harder on the skin.  The evil villains of the skincare industry have started to use it as an alternative to other preservatives that consumers have begun to recognize. Phenoxyethanol is a combination of two harmful carcinogens, benzene, and ethylene. Beware, it’s poisonous! If applied directly, it will burn your skin. If used regularly, it is known to cause rashes, breakouts, and even affect your nervous system, lungs, and kidneys. You should never have to risk your health for the sake of skincare. Extremely toxic.

Salicylic Acid, Dreadfully Dehydrating 

Commonly used to treat warts and eats away at the skin, perfect if you’re trying to look scary. Not so perfect if you’re trying to bring your skin into balance. This harsh acid is made by fermenting glucose and belongs to a family of chemicals called salicylates which cause all kinds of painful side effects. These include headaches, itchy skin, congestion, respiratory issues, and stomach pain. These grueling effects are a real-life nightmare.

Also beware of using products with salicylic acid in the sun, since they are prone to cause heightened sensitivity to UV Rays. In extreme cases, this will lead to risks of skin cancer, the most frightening enemy of all.

Glycolic Acid, Weak and Wacky Preservative 

Glycolic Acid has been used to treat acne because it profoundly penetrates skin cells, but it is frightening to note that it is made from formaldehyde. Glycolic Acid works by breaking down cellular bonds to create the temporary illusion of clear skin. Once the swelling goes down, the smoothness of the skin disappears, leaving lasting effects of unwanted acne and blemishes.

Consumers may be under the impression that Glycolic Acid is safe to use on the skin due to its natural derivatives. Don’t be fooled, nothing could be further than the truth. It’s important to note its use in industrial leather factories for rapidly penetrating and processing cowhide. While we are all for a freaky costume, we don’t want you to walk around looking like the villain, Leatherface.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Dangerously Toxic 

Using a cleanser is an essential first step in most skin care routines, but you should beware of any that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Since it includes petrochemicals which is the same active ingredient used in dishwasher detergent, our advice would be to throw it out immediately! These severe chemicals are for scrubbing hard to clean dishes, not cleansing your delicate skin. Seriously, don’t put this onto your skin.

Cleansers that use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate produce a bubbly foam that feels like it’s leaving your skin squeaky clean. The gruesome truth is that it is stripping your skin of its natural oils that are required to protect and heal itself. It will leave your skin feeling disastrous. 

We hope that we haven’t spooked you too badly! You may be feeling frightened by some of the harmful skincare ingredients we have listed above, but many natural alternatives won’t damage your skin. Your skin is the bodies largest organ, which is why it’s essential to provide it with quality, toxin-free products that allow your face to thrive. Some good guys to look out for are enzymes, natural oils, seeds, roots, and natural extracts. Products that use these natural alternatives will treat your skin just as effectively without causing any nightmares!

While we have warned you about the harmful ingredients in the skincare industry, we also want to ensure that you are using safe, natural ingredients in your home. Branch Basics is a household company that sells refillable cleaning products with the use of natural ingredients that align with our values. Their products are toxin-free, plant and mineral-based, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and GMO-free. Using natural alternatives for household cleaning products will ensure your home is free of any toxic chemicals, just in time for your holiday guests.

Now, you can enjoy your Halloween without a fright!