Keep it nice…keep it natural

Ingredients you should remove from your skin care routine...

Keep it nice…keep it natural

Our skin’s health is influenced by many factors from the environment around us, our diet and our skin care routines. It will come as no surprise that we care about the ingredients we use on our skin. As our bodies protective barrier, ensuring you use products that will protect, nourish and keep skin healthy is so important.  

Nourishing from the inside is essential, our bodies are designed to utilise the vitamins and minerals we ingest to fuel our bodies and minds and support the structure and integrity of our skin. Cleansing is just as important, and when it comes to cleansing, we’re pretty sure that nature knows best.

Consumers are changing the way they think about cosmetics, placing a higher value on ethical and sustainable choices, and caring more about the nature and origin of the ingredients. Without question cosmetic products should be kind and gentle, using ingredients that come straight from the source, the authentic elements that nurture and work with the skin’s natural structure.

With that said, US researchers have found that 1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products was originally designed for industrial use1. We know there are many chemical components to many cosmetic products, and although they are used in small amounts, research into their long-term effects and potential build-up are still in their infancy, and if you could avoid them all together with ingredients that don’t pose that risk…wouldn’t you?

In our effort to learn more, educate and encourage kind, natural, chemical-free skin care routines, we’ve looked into a few ingredients that have made their way onto the cosmetic counter that are doing your skin no favours.


Skin care products are often massed produced before being distributed far and wide, meaning they require all kinds of preservatives to maintain their shelf life. Formaldehyde and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are commonly used to prevent products from spoiling, despite that fact that formaldehyde is a common contact not exactly skin-loving. Those with sensitive skin or eczema should avoid these products, and although the levels found in skin care products are low, sensitivity can develop over time3.


Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial products and over four decades of testing, have in fact proven to be one of the least allergenic preservatives on the market4. However, their widespread use has raised concerns owing to the high frequency of parabens found in urinary samples5, and their potential endocrine disrupting ability6. In addition, in vitro research into parabens indicates they can lead to UV-induced damage of skin cells and disruption to skin cell growth rate7.


Fragrance added to skin care products comes from an assortment of different chemicals and is often masking the scent of many of the other chemicals. So many of the chemical components have not been tested for toxicity alone, or in combination, and many can cause skin irritation and trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms8. UK researchers have reported that ‘perfume’ is the second cause of allergies in patients at dermatology clinics9.


The chemicals added to skin care products are unlikely to be nurturing to your skin, but we also have to consider the effects on your skin when these chemicals are used in combination and with other preservatives. Nitrosamines may not be listed as an ingredient in most personal care products, but they are present as they are impurities that form when certain compounds and preservatives are mixed together3. Nitrosamines are listed as human carcinogens by the US Environmental Protection Agency10 and the International Agency for Research on Cancer11.


Different forms of alcohol are often added to cosmetic formulas as they have an array of functions that are pleasing to the manufacturer such as acting as a solvent, preservative and quick-drying agent. However, alcohol in skin care products breaks down the protective layer of the skin, removing the hydrating lipid barrier leaving the skin open to infection. When you think healthy skin, you think moisture-full, plump and glowing, but alcohol on the skin evaporates really quickly leaving your skin dry and irritated12.

Optimal skin wellness isn’t something that can be achieved overnight, committing to a caring skin care routine is the key, taking in only what’s good and avoiding those ingredients you’re your skin wouldn’t normally come into contact with.

Cleansing with water is the best way to ensure you’re looking after your skin, its structure and balance of natural oils. Santé’s uniquely woven fibre skin care range allows you to remove makeup, cleanse and exfoliate your skin effectively by harnessing nothing but the natural, skin-loving benefits of water. Leaving no residue, Santé and water leaves your skin beautifully cleansed, minus all of the other unnecessary ingredients packaged into modern-day cosmetics.

Redefine your skin care routine, and keep skin care simple for 2017. Wishing you happy skin for the New Year.

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6. Darbre PD1, Harvey PW. J Appl Toxicol. 2008 Jul;28(5):561-78. doi: 10.1002/jat.1358.
7. Ishiwatari S1, Suzuki T et al. J Appl Toxicol. 2007 Jan-Feb;27(1):1-9.
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