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Unmasking Skincare: The Ingredients That Truly Don't Care for Your Skin

In the quest for flawless skin, we often turn to products boasting a cocktail of ingredients. However, not all skincare components are as caring as they claim. While many ingredients work wonders, others can be more foe than friend, potentially working against the skin's natural balance.

harmful skincare formulations

Let's dive into some common skincare ingredients and uncover their true impact on our skin.


  • Purpose in Products: Preservatives are essential in preventing skincare products from spoiling and harboring harmful bacteria. They extend shelf life and maintain product integrity.

  • Impact on Skin: Can lead to irritation, allergic reactions, sun sensitivity and disrupt hormone function, particularly with formaldehyde releasers and parabens. Preservatives change the balance of the skin microbiome and can destroy the microflora, leading to bacterial imbalances. There's also ongoing debate about their potential link to more serious health issues, making them controversial in the skincare world.


  • Purpose in Products: Emulsifiers bind oil and water components in skincare products, ensuring a stable, uniform texture.

  • Impact on Skin: Emulsifiers can disrupt the skin's natural lipid barrier, leading to dryness, irritation ans barrier breakdown. This disruption can make the skin more vulnerable to external aggressors, leading to a cycle of sensitivity and damage.


  • Purpose in Products: Silicones are used to improve product texture, giving skincare and makeup a silky, spreadable feel. They also act as a barrier to lock in moisture.

  • Impact on Skin: While they make products feel luxurious, silicones sit on the skin like gladwrap, shutting down the cellular communication, as ther the cells no longer measure the environment. It can also trap dirt and sebum, leading to clogged pores and acne.

Fragrances and Colors

  • Purpose in Products: Added for aesthetic appeal, fragrances and colors make products more enjoyable to use.

  • Impact on Skin: These additives are among the top allergens in skincare, potentially leading to allergic reactions, dermatitis, and irritation. Being highly inflammatory and sun sensitising even the more natural "essential oils'.

Mineral Oils

  • Purpose in Products: Derived from petroleum, mineral oils are used for their emollient properties, helping to lock in moisture and protect the skin.

  • Impact on Skin: While effective at preventing water loss, mineral oils can clog pores and exacerbate acne. They offer no nutritional benefit to the skin and can interfere with the skin's natural communication process, acting as a false barrier.


  • Purpose in Products: Amines function as pH adjusters and buffering agents in skincare formulations.

  • Impact on Skin: Amines are barrier disturbing and act a penetration enhancers, which can be irritating to the skin leaving it vulnerable. They can also react with other ingredients to form nitrosamines, compounds with potential carcinogenic properties.


Navigating the complex world of skincare ingredients is crucial, especially when labels like "natural" or "organic" offer no guarantee against potentially harmful components.

These terms, while suggesting safety, do not ensure a product is free from ingredients that could compromise your skin's health.

Understanding and choosing the right products can be overwhelming, highlighting the importance of professional guidance. Given the potential adverse effects of commonly used skincare ingredients, adopting a cautious and informed approach is essential for achieving and/or maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Seeking advice from skincare professionals can provide tailored solutions that truly cater to your individual needs, avoiding harmful substances and enhancing your skin's natural health.

In conclusion, by critically assessing ingredient lists and opting for expert, personalized skincare advice, you're taking a significant step towards lasting skin health and happiness.

We here at SANA are here to help with guidance to illuminate your path to a skincare routine that genuinely cares for your skin, transcending the misleading assurances of "natural" and "organic" labels.

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