Nasty Chemicals That Should Never Touch Your Skin

Nasty Chemicals That Should Never Touch Your Skin

Nasty Chemicals That Should Never Touch Your Skin

Did you know it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream? When you think of all the nasties floating around it's a pretty alarming fact. When you're putting those chemicals directly on your skin though? It's a whole new level of scary. The truth is, the beauty industry is notorious for adding chemicals to their products. Here at Botani, we KNOW they have absolutely no benefit so we opt for natural, vegan, plant-based alternatives every time.

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It's estimated that every-day, women add 500+ chemicals to their bodies through shampoos, conditioners, soap, skin care, makeup, fragrances and more. These chemicals can have devastating effects including; skin irritation, allergic reactions, reproductive issues and even cancer. If you want to keep yourself safe, please don't let these chemicals go anywhere near your skin.

1. PEG's aka Polyethylene Glycol

PEG's are not a stand-alone chemical. PEG's generally include ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane. Ethylene oxide can harm the nervous system and is a known human carcinogen. Just to add a bit more fuel to the fire, it can interfere with reproductive health.

They are commonly found in moisturisers, cleansers, sunscreen and treatments. The sad fact is this ingredient does add moisture and has been shown to soften skin. Unfortunately, the risks far outweigh the benefits.

PEG's aka Polyethylene Glycol

Botani Alternatives: we don't believe in drowning your skin in chemicals to achieve a soft, luminous complexion. Instead, we use naturally derived Olive Squalane and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate.

2. Parabens

It's estimated almost 60% of cosmetic products contain parabens. These are cheap and nasty chemicals that are used to prevent fungus, mold or other parasites from growing in the product. Basically, they're to give products a longer shelf life.

Alarmingly, parabens are quickly absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. Once they make their way there, they wreak all sorts of havoc. One of the big issues is, they mimic estrogen and disrupt our hormone balance. Studies are underway to prove the use of parabens increases the risk of breast cancer.

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Botani Alternatives: the truth is, you don't need chemicals when nature offers such a natural bounty. Our range includes the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Avocado Oil which are all safe and effective!

3. Fragrance

This is a big one. Those lovely, fresh smells omitting from perfumes, cosmetics and skincare you commonly associate with high-grade ingredients could actually be a result of synthetic 'fragrance'. Under FDA law, manufacturers aren't required to list the ingredients they use in their so-called 'fragrance'. This little loophole enables them to add whatever toxic / cost effective chemicals they see fit to their concoction.

Studies have linked fragrance to chemicals known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, reproductive issues and more.

Botani Alternatives: We don't use artificial ingredients to keep our products smelling delicious because we don't need to! Naturally derived essential oils such as French lavender, orange peel and rosewater are safe and beautiful.

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4. Silicone

Silicones are used in a multitude of products including; moisturisers, foundation, sunscreen, shampoos, conditioners, serums and more. While considered a 'low-hazard' chemical, silicone is an ingredient you should avoid at all costs. Silicone will form a seal over your skin which will clog pores and trap dirt. The result? Unhealthy dehydrated skin prone to acne and congestion.

They are widely used because they have the illusion of working. They create a barrier between your skin making your skin look and feel smoother. They are cheap, nasty and have no long-term benefit for your skin.

Botani Alternatives: Smooth, blemish free skin can be achieved naturally. We use Gotu Kola Leaf Extract in our Acne Rescue Cream to calm irritated pores. Along with the added healing benefits of squalene and acai berries, you really are spoilt for choice with our range of naturopathically formulated, plant derived skincare.


So there you have it. If your beauty products are laden with PEGs, parabens, fragrance or silicone, they should never touch your skin. Also? They have ZERO benefits to your skin care routine. Instead, try Botani's botanically based, natural, vegan skincare range. Your skin (and your health) will thank you for it.

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