Skin care

Harmful ingredients in your skin care and cosmetics

Exposing the fine print, harmful ingredients in your skin care and cosmetics.

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All of us are guilty at one point or another for buying a miracle cream which promises to fight all signs of ageing. Unfortunately many of these products contain harmful ingredients which in the long term creat more problems in your skin. So before you apply your next cleanser or night cream turn the bottle over and have a look into what is in your products.

Sodium Laurylth Sulphate (SLS)

Sodium Laurylth Sulphate is a common ingredient found in cleansers as well as your household cleaning products such as detergents and floor cleaner. It is one of the hidden nasties responsible for skin irritation and natural oil or moisture loss in the skin.

Propylene Glycol

This is a substance which helps a combination of ingredients mix together without separating. Along with causing skin irritation its activity in the body causes break down of protein, a major component of the skin’s cells.

Mineral oil

This ingredient sits on top of the skin causing congestion, acne, irritation and premature ageing. In addition, this wonderful ingredient prevents nutrient absorption and toxin release suffocating the skin and causing more harm then good.

Parabens and artificial preservatives

This sneaky ingredient can go by the following methyl, ethyl, propyl, MDM Hydontoin, Urea or pthalates. These can be responsible for skin irritation, headaches, nausea, diziness and even trigger asthma.

Polyethylene Glycol

A common ingredient in cleansers this strips your skin’s natural barrier and removes moisture from the skin causing dryness, irritation and acne.

Isopropyl Alcohol

While used to rapidly deliver products into the skin the side effects of Isopropyl Alcohol include headaches, nausea and depression.


Talc, also known as hydrous magnesium silicate, is a popular filler in make-up products. Talc blocks the skin’s pores causing congestion and increasing the incidence of acne.

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute stocks a range of cosmeceutical grade skin care and mineral make-up for all your skin’s needs.
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