Scary Chemicals or just misunderstood?...


Chances are you splashed oxidane all over you this morning, and you know what? You’re doing just fine. Why? Because oxidane is the chemical name for water. Yes, that’s right. Simple water. To say that chemicals have gotten a bad name in recent years would be a huge understatement. Going natural is the catchphrase of the day and no one can really blame us for that! Our health is our most precious resource and for too long humanity failed to see the connection between toxins and our health; however, the reality is that everything is made up of chemicals and some of the most dangerous substances in the world are actually natural.

Okay, so, it’s not a matter of all chemicals are good or bad. It’s about learning what they are so that you can make an informed decision. After all, if you didn’t know what oxidane was before you read this article, would you have avoided a product that had it listed?

So, here’s a list of chemicals, like oxidane, that sound scary, but actually are either neutral or even helpful to your skin:

• Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane: It would be understandable that at first glance you wouldn’t want this in your skincare. In fact, you might not even want this in the same room as you…that is except for the fact that this chemical is actually an extract from the tumerica plant and has absolutely amazing positive benefits for skin. Among other things, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

• Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: This is just an oil version of vitamin C. In some products, especially in Asia, it is used a s skin lightener that gives a healthy glow and actually improves skin cells.

• Stearpoten, Phenyl acetaldehyde, 2-phenylmenthyl acetate: I’ve put chemicals together because they all components of rose essential oil commonly used in skincare and aromatherapy.

• Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate: This chemical is actually a potent licorice extract used to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation and help your skin feel good.

• Methylsilasnol: This group of chemicals has been shown to boost collagen production, stimulate cell renewal, and even promote the release of stored fat within the fat cells. That means they also aid in slimming those spots on our bodies that are bulkier than we want them to be. Methylsilanols plump skin, reduce wrinkles and even skin tone. They smooth stretch marks and reduce under-eye puffiness and cellulite.

So, before you decide whether or not to buy a skincare product based on the ingredients list, make sure that you really understand the ingredients. After all, you don’t want to miss out one something really good for your skin just because the name implies something scary.

Have a Blessed and Beyoutiful Day!!! XO ~ Melissa

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