The biggest enemies of young clear skin are the common ingredients used in skincare products. That might come as a surprise to some of you. Why would major cosmetic companies use ingredients that are known to cause blemishes and contribute to premature aging? The fact is this. They use them because they are cheap.
Most people realize that the petroleum industry is huge. What many people don't realize is that the petrochemical industry is nearly as large. Petrochemicals are derived from raw petroleum or crude oil. Hundreds of millions of tons are produced each year.
The petrochemicals in cosmetics include propylene glycol, ethylene oxide, isopropyl alcohol, toluene, benzoic acid, parabens and many others. Other petroleum derivatives found in cosmetics include petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin. Actually, most of the cosmetics on the market are primarily composed of petrochemicals or other petroleum derivatives.
Here's another fact that surprises many people. The vitamin E that you see listed in most skincare products is synthetic vitamin E, produced from petrochemicals.
Natural vitamin E is an excellent ingredient for skincare products and is one of the nutrients necessary for young clear skin. There is no reason to believe that the synthetic version is of any benefit to human health. We don't know that it is bad for us, but we do know that other petrochemicals contribute to various kinds of cancer.
A couple of outstanding examples are oxybenzone and benzophenone. They are derived from a known carcinogen called benzene, another petrochemical. They were developed to serve as sunscreen ingredients. If you check the ingredients labels on lotions, makeup and other cosmetics that have an SPF rating, you are likely to see them listed.
The experts tell us that one of the secrets to young clear skin is to avoid overexposure to the sun. Most recommend the regular use of sunscreen. But, the vast majority of available sunscreen ingredients were never tested for safety. Scientists have shown that oxybenzone and benzophenone penetrate through the skin's outer layers and cause DNA damage deep within that can lead to skin cancer, but only when they are exposed to sunlight.
It is ironic, but sad, that an ingredient promoted for use as a sunscreen, which is supposed to help prevent skin cancer, actually causes damage that contributes to it. This kind of thing is not that unusual. It is due to the mistaken belief that compounds applied to the outside of the body cannot cause health problems.
If you want young clear skin for as long as possible, the best thing that you can do is to choose your skincare products carefully. Stick with natural ingredients and just say "no" to petrochemicals.