Let’s face it. When we purchase anti aging wrinkle creams, we rarely ever look at the label. So long as our favorite celebrities are endorsing it, and those yummy anti-wrinkle ingredients are marked as advertised, then we’re good to go.
What you don’t know can kill you, as one saying goes. And while we don’t want to be that morbid about it, the truth is, there might be seriously hazardous compounds in your anti-wrinkle firming cream that you probably overlooked when you took it off the shelf. Some of them may cause something as easily treatable as a wee little rash, but others, something as deadly as cancer.
Here are the most commonly present harmful compounds in anti-wrinkle creams:
Dirt cheap and easy to develop, parabens is incorporated in many moisturizing creams to prolong shelf life. The bad news? It is a carcinogen that mimics estrogen, thus increasing breast cancer risk. It is also allergenic.
While studies have mostly been conducted on mice, acrylamide has been shown to cause cancers and tumors, and is also neurotoxic.
We know how addicting it can be to apply scented cream on your face, but it’s always wiser to choose odrless ones. Fragrances are often synthetic, with many of them formulated using cancerous ingredients such as toluene, a component found in some anti aging wrinkle creams and sunscreens. Not only does it cause liver and kidney damage and anemia, it also directly affects fetal development. If that’s not enough, know that it is also sourced from petroleum and tar.
4. Propylene Glycol
Used as a moisturizing compound, fragrance and emulsifier, propylene glycol prevents healthy skin cells from growing and causes skin irritation. It also has the potential to damage the liver and kidneys and may cause cancer.
5. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Found in at least 90 percent of anti-wrinkle firming creams and other skincare solutions, this synthetic compound results to skin dryness and premature ageing. It also penetrates the skin’s natural barrier and easily binds with harmful chemicals like nitrosamine, which is highly carcinogenic.
6. Phenol (Carbolic Acid)
Effective in killing bacteria and microorganisms, phenol is often added to skincare products as a cleansing agent and exfoliant. However, it causes skin dryness and irritation, not to mention convulsions and paralysis. In severe cases, prolonged heavy use may cause coma and respiratory arrest.
7. Ethanolamines (diethanolamine/ DEA, monoethanolamine/ MEA, triethanolamine/ TEA)
Incorporated in a few anti-wrinkle firming creams to create balanced skin pH, ethanolamine has been discontinued in skin care products in Europe due to its carcinogenic and allergenic properties. Reports reveal eye irritation, skin dryness and hypersensitivity reactions.
A PABA derivative (itself a hazardous sunscreen ingredient), this water-soluble compound is commonly found in sunscreens as well as anti aging wrinkle creams that offer sun protection. Padimate-O releases free radicals in the body, which increases skin cancer risk.
Before you grab your next jar of anti-wrinkle cream – or any other skin care product for that matter – check the labels for these ingredients. Better yet, go green and pick something organic, all-natural, and harsh chemical-free anti-aging skin care product that’s proven effective in reducing wrinkles and yielding a more youthful, glowing skin.