Week 3: 5 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid for Better Health

Sonya Dakar Tips

Skincare products can work wonders since many ingredients penetrate the skin and improve its quality. Unfortunately, the same process holds true for undesired ingredients. While we want to keep the good stuff in, we need to keep the bad stuff out. Below is a list of 5 common ingredients in skincare products you'll want to avoid as they may be doing more damage than good.

Eye Need

Parabens, a class of cheap synthetic preservatives (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben), are commonly used in personal care products. A 2004 study linked Parabens to breast cancer when they were detected in the breast tumors. Since parabens have estrogen-like properties they may increase breast cancer risk. Numerous other studies have linked parabens to other skin cancers and issues with male reproduction organs. Needless to say, there is enough concerning data that should make consumers reexamine the products we currently use.

Try: Eye Need, A multi-tasking age-control eye therapy that will reduce appearance of wrinkles and "crow’s feet" and aids in the repair of damaged tissue. We are proud that the entire Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic NutraSphere collection is completely parabens free and free of many commonly used chemicals.

Fade Away

Many of us are seeking a solution for dark spots on the skin, often caused by pregnancy, menopause, or acne scars. But beware of dangerous ingredients such as Hydraquinone (HQ). HQ has already been banned in Europe and the FDA has issued a warning due to its strong carcinogenic effects leading to cancer. Studies also linked use of HQ to rashes, dermatitis and permanent skin discoloration.

Instead look for products containing natural and safe lightening ingredients, such as Beledes (derived from a daisy flower) that has been studied and shown to not only lighten discoloration but also prevent new dark spots from developing.

Try: Fade Away, a skin lightening treatment and dark spot corrector clinically proven to fade and correct appearance of sunspots, age spots and uneven skin tone. Safe for use during sun exposure. Initial results in as little as 14 days.

Nano Hydrator

When reading the ingredients label, the words "Fragrance or Perfume" should send a clear red flag. Synthetic fragrances are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific herb or plant. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reports that 95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.

At the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, we source only extracts and essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing (expression). The costs of pure essential oils are great; though we at Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic are proud to include only the best and safest ingredients into our award winning products.

Instead try: Nano Hydrator, a lightweight, age-control daily moisturizer made with natural extracts of apple stem cell, carob, myrtle, buriti and several other nutrient-rich plants.

Silver Clarifying Wash

Sulfates are lather producing detergents found in a variety of beauty products, including soaps, body washes, and shampoo. Common sulfates are Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS). While these may be effective at removing oil, they are also known to cause irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin. Choosing a sulfate free product could greatly reduce your discomfort.

No products in the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic NutraShpere collection contain sulfates or any other harsh detergents. Instead we source milder plant based ingredients known for their cleansing and foaming properties.

Try: Silver Wash, a daily face wash for oily, combination or acne prone skin. It will not irritate or strip skin of its natural protective oils. Made with active probiotics to reduce acne, silver ions for their natural antiseptic properties, and sebum regulators to reduce oily skin.

Nano Peel

Glycolic acid is an a-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar or fruit commonly used in skincare product as a chemical peel or exfoliator. Due to its small molecular size, it penetrates deeper into the dermis, and can therefore cause skin damage, especially for those with sensitive skin.

Lactic acid is derived from milk, is much gentler, and is effective without the undesired redness, irritation and scaring. Its larger molecular size prevents it from penetrating beyond the epidermis. Therefore, it can treat, exfoliate and break up dead skin with much less potential for damaging skin.

Having seen the skin damage created by glycolic acid treatments, Sonya Dakar has exclusively used lactic acid in her world famous facials and products. The home chemical peel offered by Sonya as part of her NutraSphere Collection, is made with professional grade lactic (milk) and phytic (wheat) acids at levels safe for home use. Combined, these acids refine sun damage, acne scars, and soften the appearance of fine lines