Anti aging skin care products are very popular among men and women in their 30s and 40s. The popularity of these products are on a rise because of their efficiency in preventing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots due to longer exposure to sun rays. The anti aging creams and lotions contain a number of chemicals which make this possible. The main active ingredients present in these products are retinol, few sunscreens, moisturizers, etc. However sometimes, certain other chemicals are added too, which could turn out to be dangerous for the skin.
Most of these chemicals are not very costly and hence the final products in which they are used are also cheaper. They also sometimes increase the shelf life of the anti aging products. And looking at the prices of anti aging creams, people tend to buy these less expensive products. However such products containing these chemicals have to be avoided completely. In order to do this, let us understand what these products are.
Parabens: Parabens are found in many of the anti aging skin care products available in the market. They are found in creams, moisturizers, lotions, etc. But these chemicals have to be avoided completely. Parabens function as preservatives in these products and help in increasing their shelf lives. When products containing this chemical are applied on the skin, the skin absorbs it completely and quickly and then releases it into the bloodstream. Thus parabens enter the body through skin and blood. There are some theories that state that these chemicals could cause cancers like breast cancer and other internal malfunctions in the body. Once inside the body, they can also impersonate the female hormone i.e. estrogen and this could be very dangerous. Therefore if while reading the ingredients on an anti aging product’s pack, be sure to avoid buying products with names such as Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, etc.
Dioxanes: These too are chemical compounds that could increase the risk of contracting cancer. These chemicals can contaminate the anti aging skin care products. Such products are dangerous when used as they get completely absorbed in the body through the skin. They contain carcinogenic elements which can cause deadly cancers of the skin. Hence this chemical too should be completely avoided while buying anti aging products.
Fragrances: Many of the anti aging skin care products contain fragrances. But fragrances are not always naturally - made, they are made from chemicals which have a great smell. Many of these fragrances are a reason for allergic reactions among the users of such anti aging products. Some of them can also cause neurotoxicity and can damage the brain. If these chemical fragrances get absorbed into our bodies, they could turn out to be carcinogenic and can cause various cancers. Looking at the extent to which these fragrances could be dangerous, products containing them have to be avoided. However one can always use anti aging creams, moisturizers and sunscreens that contain fragrances made from natural substances like essential oils. These will not cause any kind of reaction as most of the fragrances used in them are tested and given a clean chit. These products are safe to be used regularly.
Hyaluronic acid: This is another chemical that is like a glue – like substance on the collagen and elastin present in the skin. Naturally this is a very sticky chemical and can ruin the skin on which it is applied to.
After reading through these important points, read the list of ingredients of used in your anti aging skin care product. If they contain any of the products mentioned above, try and avoid using them. Over a longer period of time, the chemicals mentioned above, will only have a negative effect on the health of the users. That is the reason why it is also necessary to take the advice of a dermatologist before experimenting with any product. They know exactly what are the chemicals that will benefit your skin and the chemicals that will be dangerous for not only your skin, but your entire body.
The dermatologist could suggest some safe products that can be applied on the skin without any worries about any irritation or inflammation. But the best step that a user of anti aging skin care products can take, is to gather information about all the products that she uses or are recommended by someone. Make a list of all the ingredients present in different anti aging products and compare it with the information that you have gathered. This will help her to choose from among the different products available in the market and will help take care of her skin properly. Only a skin which is properly taken care of will be healthy and will glow.