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  Standard cosmetics often include synthetic and sometimes even animal-derived ingredients. When you use natural options for your skin, it is likely to help your skin feel and breathe better. This article is in two parts and in the first part, we've listed some of the common ingredients that you can find on standard cosmetics … Continue reading Omved’s Alternatives for a green living – Part 1

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Standard cosmetics often include synthetic and sometimes even animal-derived ingredients. When you use natural options for your skin, it is likely to help your skin feel and breathe better. This article is in two parts and in the first part, we’ve listed some of the common ingredients that you can find on standard cosmetics and the options we have for you.

1. Emollients / lubricants

What is it?

Emollients in cosmetics help to prevent the dryness of your skin and protect it and also double up as a healing agent.  Water is known to be the best emollient, but because it evaporates so quickly it is ineffective.

Common synthetic emollients are occlusive, which means that these emollients coat your skin with an oily film to keep the moisture locked in.  While it keeps the skin moisturised, the film prevents your skin from breathing and traps in the toxins and wastes and clogs the pores. By keeping the oxygen out, it can cause skin irritation and actually dry your skin.

What is it listed as?

Hydrocarbons such as petrolatum, paraffin and mineral oil are the most commonly used synthetic emollients and because these are non-biodegradable, they also cause a negative environmental impact. Most emollients can contain carcinogenic and mutagenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) that may cause chemically induced acne.

Omved natural emollients actually nourish your skin because they are readily biodegradable and of edible quality.  They are metabolised by the skin’s own enzymes and absorbed into it. Some natural emollients plant oils that we use are – Jojoba, Avocado, Rosehip, Olive and Sesame oils and Kokum, Shea and Cocoa butters.

 2. Humectants

What is it?

Humectants are used in cosmetics to keep the skin moist by attracting water from the air.  Humectants are hygroscopic which means that they hold water where there is a requirement for an increased level of hydration.

What is it listed as?

While common synthetic humectants increase the hydration levels of the skin they are also occlusive. Butylene Glycol (BG), Thylene Glycol (EG), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Propylene Glycol (PG) are all petroleum derivatives that are common wetting agents.

These penetrate the skin easily and are noted to damage cell membranes and inhibit skin cell growth in human tests. PG causes skin irritation, contact dermatitis, eye, skin, and gastrointestinal irritations, allergic reactions and rashes, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous system depression. Collagen, elastin and keratin are some of the popular known humectants. While they are known to be compatible with the skin, they are mostly sourced from animals and cannot be termed “cruelty free”.

What Omved Offers

Omved natural humectants lecithin, increases the hydration levels of the skin without being occlusive. The unique benefit it offers is it forms natural phospholipids similar to the ones found in the top layer of our skin and thus can hold water where an increased level of hydration is needed. Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) and Glycerin are also used.

 3. Emulsifiers

What is it?

Emulsifiers are used to bind ingredients together that normally don’t mix, such as water and oil. Common synthetic emulsifiers are usually a combination of petroleum and hydrocarbon derivatives that are known to be carcinogenic in nature and can be allergens.

Alkoxykated Amides (eg TEA, DEA, MEA, MIPA compounds) : Sometimes, these chemicals can undergo nitrosation and form nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.

What is it listed as?

PEG compounds – This may contain the toxic byproduct dioxane, Isopropyl Stearate, Laurate , Sorbitan Stearate, Oleate,   Ceresin,  Palmitate, Ozokerite, Silicone and Montan Waxes.

What Omved Offers

Omved natural emulsifiers are obtained from various nuts, berries and leaves. These include plant Waxes (e.g. Carnauba, Rice Bran and Jojoba).

4. Synthetic fragrances

What is it?

Fragrance chemicals are compounds that need to be added to products so that they emit a fragrance. These chemical compounds can volatilize or vaporize into the air and that is why we can smell it. Prolonged exposure to such fragrances can trigger headaches, a runny nose, throat and eye irritations, nausea, rashes or hyper-pigmentation of the skin and other respiratory symptoms.

The Phthalates in fragrances are known to disrupt hormones and are linked in animal studies to reproductive impairments.

What is it listed as?

This is commonly listed as “Fragrances” on the label, if you see it, don’t buy it!

 What Omved Offers

In order to achieve the required holistic balancing effect through the sense of smell, we use only pure therapeutic grade essential oils in small quantities.

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