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Scrubs and exfoliators are our favorites to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate our skin. But how safe are some of the necessary ingredients in your favorite scrub or exfoliator?

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  •  Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is used to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface. It also does wonders for the hair as it enhances its appearance and increase its suppleness.
  • Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is the smallest α-hydroxy acid. it is odorless, colorless and is highly soluble in water. It is everyone’s favorite ingredient in exfoliators and scrubs as it removes skin’s dead cells and helps it stay hydrated and youthful. 

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  •  Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Coffee: As it has a sand ground texture, the coffee makes a great base for a homemade natural scrubs. The grounds gently remove the dead skin cells on the surface which not only leaves your skin smooth and glowing, but also helps boost and rejuvenate circulation as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite. Add some olive oil to the coffee grounds, and you will get your own homemade non-toxic scrub in less than 3 minutes.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar has small particles that are safe and gentle to remove skin’s dead cells. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid which effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells. It gives the way for a young, fresh skin and also keeps the moisture locked it for a well hydrated and nourished skin.
  • Baking Soda: An efficient substitute to exfoliate the body naturally is baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this product can result in a great alternative when mixed with water until dissolved. 
  • Sea Salt: This element is a 100% natural exfoliator as it is just evaporated sea water. It detoxifies your skin and absorbs all the dirt and toxins from it. Sea salt is rich in calcium which helps cleaning up the skin pores and minimizing stretch marks. If you have a very sensitive skin, use brown sugar as a substitute for the sea salt. 
  • Coconut Oil: This one is considered to be a great anti- acne scrub thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can add oatmeal to the coconut oil and enjoy your homemade exfoliator. Oatmeal is a very soothing ingredient for the skin, but it should be firmly ground up before application.

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