Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

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If there’s one thing we absolutely hate seeing, it is women and men using skincare that is packed with absolute rubbish. “Don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t put in it” couldn’t be truer when it comes to skincare ingredients to avoid. But have you ever looked at the back of a bottle and thought, “I don’t even know where to start with this foreign babble!” Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Everything we eat, drink or apply contains some kind of wacky ingredient that we haven’t heard off. And some are dangerous. If not immediately, then in the long run. And the saddening thing is that much of the skincare containing these chemicals cost a small fortune.

“So let me guess this straight. You’re saying that I am paying a premium price to clart my face in harmful chemicals?” “Well, yeah, kinda.” But it isn’t just the pricey products that contain questionable ingredients, the cheap ones can be just as bad. In this case, cheap and cheerful is nonsense. But once again, Ostara comes to the rescue. We have compiled a list of some of the more common skincare ingredients to avoid. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

List of ingredients to avoid

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (or SLS)

SLS is often found in items such as face wash, cleanser, shampoo, foundation, and dental products. Sodium lauryl sulphate can cause skin irritations such as acne and dry skin. SLS also upsets the natural balance of your skin, making it a complete no-no for sensitive skin. The interesting thing about SLS is that it can help products lather. And many of us don’t feel “clean” unless we have had an effective lather. Our products don’t cause a lather because they don’t use SLS but they are just as effective. More people are looking to remove this chemical from their skincare routine.


Parabens such as methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl are often found in moisturisers. They are primarily used by big companies who are looking to extend the shelf life on their products. The more parabens found in a product, the longer it will last. This sounds great, doesn’t it? Bigger batches, more distribution, more money for big brands. Unfortunately, these parabens can cause rashes and allergic reactions. Some research has even linked the use of parabens to breast cancer. Many of us are using these moisturisers on not only ourselves but on our children. Is the longer shelf life really worth it? Most of us go through our skincare much quicker than 5 years anyway. Oh, and shameless plug; with our skincare, a little goes a long way.


BHA (Butylated hydroxy anisole) is usually found in exfoliating products. It is one of the most dangerous skincare ingredients on the market as it can increase the skins sensitivity to the suns damaging rays. It can cause skin depigmentation and studies have even shown BHA as a carcinogen. Studies in animals have shown BHA to cause liver damage and even stomach cancer! No level of soft skin is worth any of those potential risks. The EU has banned the use of BHA in fragrances but the chemical is still used in many products. Ostara products are BHA free.

Stearalkonium Chloride

This chemical comes straight from the fashion industry. Stearalkonium chloride is an industrial strength fabric softener. But what’s the problem? It’s a cheap alternative that gets used in all sort of lotions and especially hair conditioner. That’s right, you could be rubbing fabric softener all over your skin.

Petroleum Oils

Skincare products where the root ingredient derives from crude oil come with an array of nasties. Coating your body with petroleum-based oil can moisturise your skin, but with the added negative of wrapping your skin in clingfilm. These oils stop your skin from breathing. It stops your bodies natural ability to flush out toxins, keeping all those nasties present and ready to erupt into a plethora of skin conditions.

A more serious, long-term problem with these petroleum-based chemicals is that your body simply cannot metabolize them. A study into Petroleum oil from 2011 took fat and milk samples from 142 pregnant women. The test showed that the samples contained contamination from petroleum oils. Once it’s into your system, it has got no way of getting out.

The increase in MOSH concentration in human fat tissue with age suggests an accumulation over time. Cosmetics might be a relevant source of the contamination.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly simply clogs up your pores. This, in turn, stops your skin from being able to self moisturise and causes the area to completely dry up. Its thrown in there because its cheap. And of course its a by-product of petrol. Petrol? On my skin?

Diazolidinyl Urea

This chemical is used as a preservative. The American Academy of Dermatology concluded that Diazolidinyl Urea causes contact dermatitis. There is also the added bonus that this chemical releases formaldehyde. While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical, it’s not one you want to absorb in your body.

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

Hopefully, this post has made you aware of some of the more common hidden nasties that lurk in some of the mainstream beauty products. As we mentioned earlier, check yourself before you wreck yourself and go natural for the safest, friendliest skincare routine. All of our products are organic and completely natural.

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