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SKINCARE: Ingredients to look out for and to stay away from!

I think we can all feel a little bit baffled now and again when it comes to ingredients in products. As a skincare producer myself I know it can all look a little bit mind boggling. When I list my ingredients on my products, I have to list their INCI (chemical) name instead of what we know them as too, which can throw us even more! So... what are those nasty ingredients that we should know to keep well away from? Here's a few to start you off...

MINERAL OIL

Also called “liquid petroleum,” “paraffin oil,” and “white mineral oil”. Yucky! This stuff is what I call a 'bulking agent'. It's a cheap oil that companies can use to make their products go further. It does give a moisturising effect - in the sense that it softens the skin, but doesn't hydrate it at all. It just likes to sit there, blocking pores! Stay well away unless you want some nasty blackheads, pimples and blocked pores!

SILICONES

Another eeeew ingredient. These are generally put into products to give that silky smooth texture. Sometimes you might try an expensive serum and think 'wow! it's so smooth!' but the scary thing is, that's just the silicone! We are almost tricked to believing that our skin feels super silky soft, but actually its the silicone sitting on the surface of the skin. I find that this is in quite a lot of primers too - hence the reason I don't like them. If you're looking out for silicone, they are usually listed as ingredients that mostly have names ending in -cone or -siloxane. For example: dimethicone, cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane… (The difference is in the number of atoms, the three-dimensional arrangement of the molecules, etc.)