Don’t buy skin care cream without reading the label carefully. There are some things that you want in your skin care moisturizer cream and some things that you do not want on your face, hands or body, because they either cause cancer or have been linked to cancer. Basically, if it’s not appealing to your taste buds, don’t put it on your skin.
First let’s look at some of the ingredients to avoid. Skin care cream should not contain Acrylamide, because several studies have linked it to cancerous breast tumors. DEA, MEA and TEA are sometime added to skin care moisturizer cream to adjust the pH level.
They are restricted by the Europe Union’s edict on cosmetic safety. But, there is no such restriction imposed by the FDA in the United States, even though they are known to carcinogens. The FDA is very unconcerned about the safety of skin care cream, as long as the product label says “not to be taken internally”. But, anyone who has every used a medicated trans-dermal patch knows that chemicals pass “through” the skin’s layers. Maybe, FDA officials need a better education.
DIOXANE 1 or 4 is a synthetic derivative of coconut and often found in a scented oil or skin care moisturizer cream. It is a byproduct of a chemical process known that cosmetic companies use to make harsh ingredients milder. It is difficult to determine whether or not your company’s skin care cream uses this process, unless you turn to an online database called “Skin Deep”. There you can look up any skincare product and in moments find out if it is safe or not.
I looked up one of the body lotions that I used to use before I found a better line of skin care cream and moisturizers. It contained ingredients that are suspected of causing cancer and are toxic to the nerve endings. Glad I stopped using it.
It’s fairly common to see skin care moisturizer cream that contains sunscreen. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of sunscreen on a daily basis, but aside from that, some of the most common SPF compounds are suspected of causing cancer. The safest choice is zinc oxide for long days at the beach or working outdoors.
But, that’s enough negativity. Let’s look at the good things that a skin care cream should contain. Not only because they are effective moisturizers, but because they are safe and protect the skin from damaging free radicals.
Does your skin care moisturizer cream contain olive oil? Mine does. It is the closet thing to the skin’s own sebum, which is what keeps your skin moist and prevents it from cracking. To relieve dryness, it’s great.
Avocado oil has been scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a fibrous mesh of proteins that make up the skin’s layers. A skin care cream that contains avocado lessens the ravages of aging.
My favorite ingredient in my skin care moisturizer cream is honey, because I remember my mother using it on my cuts and scrapes to prevent scarring. I thought it was just an old wives’ tale, but scientists have confirmed that it as antibacterial affects and antioxidants that prevent free radical damage that causes scarring.
I guess Mom’s do know best. Find a skin care cream that contains the tasty ingredients that I mentioned here and none of the hazardous ones that I talked about and you will have something great.
Allan Cassell is the chief editor of [http://www.vibrant-skin-site.com]
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