3 skincare enemies to look out for
- Parabens: the mould-fighting ingredient that could give you cancer
Parabens are a family of chemicals that stop the growth of harmful microbes in cosmetics. The most commonly used are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben – you’ll usually be able to spot at least one of these in most commercial beauty products. They’re useful because they fight bacteria so your products won’t get mouldy. Problem is, they might also increase your risk of developing cancer. Really.
The chemical make-up of a paraben is similar to oestrogen, the female sex hormone linked to breast cancer. This has led some scientists to believe that paraben intake also increases your risk of developing breast cancer. As such, parabens- understandably- cause some controversy.
There currently isn’t enough evidence to prove this theory for definite. However, many beauty and healthcare enthusiasts might not want to risk it when there are fantastic alternatives that are categorically paraben-free.
Lecler masks are paraben-free so you don’t have to worry about what they might do to your long-term health. Purchase them at our e-shop and to feel their restorative effects for yourself.
2. Sulfates: they might well be the reason for your skin irritation
Have you ever used a body wash and felt your skin was incredibly dry and red after? Chances are you used a product containing sulfates. These are compounds that are often used in beauty or hygiene products as they form a lather and are effective cleaners. While they can cut through grease or watery dirt to leave your skin clear, the process can be too harsh and also rid your body of healthy oils and moisture.
When used on skin, sulfates can remove natural fats that keep it soft and smooth. They can unnecessarily dry it out by changing the levels of moisture. Ultimately, sulfates don’t necessarily just clean you; they remove everything – the good stuff too.
It won’t come as a surprise to hear that sulfates are classified by scientists as skin irritants. It’s ironic, really, since they’re included in products to replenish your complexion – not agitate it! But don’t worry- many beauty companies have taken heed and are finding alternative chemicals which aren’t as harsh.
Lecler face masks, for example, are all sulfate free. This means you can absorb the rich, replenishing serum without worrying about stripping your skin of natural goodness. Why not try them and see for yourself?
3. Phthalates: Chemical enemy number one
We rarely question what’s in our skincare products, but if there’s one chemical you keep your eye on, it should be phthalates. Hard pronounce, even harder to spell and found nearly everywhere, there’s an increasing amount of evidence to suggest they’re bad for our health.
They’re found in perfumes, deodorants, shampoos, laundry detergents, air fresheners, nail polish, wire coasting, plastic toys, medical devices, hair spray and cosmetics. They’re even in the water! Phthalates get into pipes from sources affected by industrial waste. It’s on your food too – pesticides sprayed on fruit and veg have the chemical in them. Phthalates really are everywhere, and we’re constantly subconsciously breathing them in, absorbing them through our skin and eating them.
So what’s the problem? Well, to name a few, phthalates are thought to be linked to breast cancer, obesity, insulin resistance and ADHD. Some health regulatory bodies such, as the EU, have been so alarmed that they’ve restricted the use of phthalate – particularly in the children’s toy industry. The US has followed suit, restricting levels of the chemical in children’s toys.
Due to this growing evidence to suggest phthalates are bad for us, more companies are avoiding it altogether. Lecler is one such example. We don’t use any phthalates in our face masks, so you don’t have to worry that they’ll have any negative impacts on your health.