This is the final part of the Toxic Chemicals in Health and Beauty Products. Now that the “bad guys” have been revealed here and here, in this final part, I want to share with you the good guys for you and where you can look for them the next time you shop for health and beauty products.
The Safer Chemicals in Beauty Products
Ascorbic Acid – Vitamin C
Keeps products from spoiling, stimulates production of collagen, which slows as you age, and minimize fine lines.
Provides easily absorbed moisture and can also heal minor blemishes and reduce inflammation.
Cera alba – beeswax
Helps make products more uniform in texture. It also allows skin to heal in moisture naturally and has antibacterial properties.
Hyaluronic acid – sugar compound that occur naturally in skin cells
Boosts firmness and combats aging and wrinkles, and plays a role in cell turnover, which promotes radiant, healthy skin.
Panthenol – Vitamin B5
Offers deep penetrating moisture to heal and fortify skin and hair. Additionally, it may heal repair skin tissue and fight certain types of dermatitis.
Retinol – Vitamin A
Boosts long-term hydration, penetrates deeper layers of the dermis to improve texture, and also aids in evening out mottled pigmentation.
Tocopherol – Vitamin E
May slow the aging process by fighting free radicals and protecting skin against sun damage. It can also help smooth out skin overall.