Hey Beauties! :D

These days everyone is super conscious about what they put on their skins. We have become a nation of ingredient conscious customers. Which is why I thought I'd better write a blog post on what "NO NASTIES" mean. Now as a disclaimer, I'm not a scientist and I have researched these ingredients from trusted sites. I'm also not telling you to stop using a beauty product if it has one of these ingredients in it. It's your skin and you have to decide for yourself what you want to put on it.

With that out the way, lets get started!

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So the main NASTY ingredients that can be found in beauty products are listed below:
  • Parabens
  • Sulphates
  • Petrochemicals
  • Mineral oils
  • PEG's
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Silicons
  • Phathalates

Ok, so you maybe thinking, "that's great," but what makes these ingredients bad?* (according to some studies)

  • Common names of parabens are: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. 
  • They are preservatives.

  • Common names of sulphates include: sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. 
  • These are cleansing agents in skincare.

  • This is a chemical that is obtained from petroleum and natural gas.
  • They are also called petroleum distillates.
  • The two most common petrochemical classes are olefins (including ethylene and propylene) and aromatics (which include benzene, toluene and xylene isomers).

  • They are a colourless and odorless oil that's made from petroleum (as a by product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline). 
  • It's lightweight and helps to reduce water loss from the skin. 
  • It can clog your pores, which will lead to pimples and blackheads.

  • PEG is the abbreviation of polyethylene glycol. 
  • It is not a single chemical, rather a mixture of compounds, polymers which have been bonded together. 
  • Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic, and when it's combined with glycol, it becomes a thick and sticky liquid. 
  • They are always followed by a number, such as PEG 100, which represents the approximate molecular weight of that compound. So the lower the molecular weight, the easier it is for the compound to penetrate the skin. 

  • Most synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. 
  • Sometimes these can irritate sensitive skin.

  • The most common silicon ingredient is dimethicone which can be found in foundations, skin creams and primers.
  • Silicons commonly cause breakouts.

  • Phthlates are a huge class of chemicals (they haven't all been studied). 
  • Some phthalate chemicals are butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP), dubutyl phthalate (DnBP), di-2-enthylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP), diisononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), dipentyl phthalate (DPP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), di-isohexyl phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DcHP), and di-isoheptyl phthalate. 

Well, I hope my beauty-science lesson helped you to understand what NO NASTIES mean! If you need any other help, just comment below or shoot me an email.

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