Amanda Pye 9/22/20

Fact Or Fiction: Debunking Skin Care Ingredient Myths

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Skin care ingredients are as diverse as the people who use them and any google search will result in a plethora of information on what we  should and should not be allowing in our products.   it can be daunting to try and figure out which are safe and what we should be avoiding.  You certainly have better things to do than wade through all of the information available (road trip anyone?) so we've put together a short list debunking some myths surrounding skin care ingredients.  Be sure to let us know if there are any ingredients you would like to know more about in the comment section below.

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Myth: All Alcohol is bad for your skin
I hear this one a lot, so I thought I would address it. Most alcohols are not good for your skin and you should avoid any products with SD Alcohol, denatured alcohol, or less common isopropyl alcohol. As we all know from recent events, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer wreaks havoc with the moisture in our skin. Nurses and Teachers every where are continuously struggling with dry cracked hands because of having to use this necessary product and we certainly do not want that on our face. It is important however to distinguish between these types of harsh and drying alcohol with the good kinds of alcohol that are commonly found in skin care products. Cetyl alcohol, ceteryl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are some examples of fatty alcohols. All of these are conditioning agents and are exceptionally good for dry skin. They give the product a pleasing silky feeling and work to the keep the product stable. 

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Myth: Avoid Preservatives in Skin Care Products
Any product that contains water or any other liquid, must have a preservative added. If it does not have one, the shelf life of the product is shortened immensely (should only last about 2 weeks) and must be kept refrigerated or else the product will develop mold and bacteria. We choose to use a paraben and formaldehyde free preservative specifically designed for skin care products
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Myth: Natural Ingredients are always better than synthetic ingredients
This is another common myth I hear a lot. The term natural is not regulated in the United States so anyone can claim anything is natural and mean whatever they want it to mean. There is also no scientific evidence that just because something grows out of the ground means it’s good for the skin (you wouldn’t want to rub poison ivy all over yourself OUCH!) and the opposite is also true, just because something is synthetic does not mean it’s bad for the skin either.
 

Myths: all chemicals are bad
Everything is made up of chemicals. An apple has more chemicals in it then a lot of sugar filled candy you can buy at any convenience store but we still would like our children to choose the fruit then the brightly packaged sugar bombs they always seem to want. Chemical is not a scary word, and some are greatly beneficial just as some naturally occurring substances can be extremely dangerous. There are some chemicals you should avoid however when choosing skin care such as formaldehyde and Saint Paulia’s always strives to only use the safest ingredients available.
 

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