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How to choose the right shower gel and avoid harming your skin
Shower gels are not something that people spend a lot of time choosing. Often we only consider the attractiveness of the label and the fragrance of the gel. But those are not the most important factors to consider when choosing a good shower gel. Like most modern cosmetics, gels shower gels and foams can hide potential health hazards.
Shower gels can vary greatly based on their composition, active ingredients, texture, and fragrance.
Moisturizers - used for dry skin, as well as all types of skin during the winter.
Nurturing - they contain fewer surfactants, more natural oils, and vitamins, and have a texture similar to body milk.
Toning - provides an energy boost thanks to the essential oil aromas, particularly citrus, coffee, ginger extract, or cloves.
There are also Relaxing, Massaging, and Fragrant types.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right gel and not harm your skin:
1. Avoid parabens in shower gels
The most common names for parabens in shower gels are methylparaben, (“aseptoform” or “septos”), ethylparaben (“solbrol” or p-carbethoxyphenol”), or propylparabel. The European Union has added these to the database of substances that cause damage to the endocrine system. The effect on the human hormonal system is explained by the fact that such substances exhibit estrogenic activity, that is, they act in the body like the female hormone estrogen.
2. Pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are listed.
Remember that in shower gels, like in all other products, the composition is listed in descending order, that is, what comes first is the main ingredient, and the last is contained in the minimum amount.
3. Avoid foreign particles in shower gels and scrubs.
It’s a common practice for manufacturers to add these to shower products to better cleanse the skin's surface. Typically these particles are made of plastic, especially in inexpensive cosmetics.
4. Petroleum (and mineral oil)
«Mineral Oil» — sounds like something natural and healthy, but is in fact a by-product of gasoline production! Unscrupulous manufacturers use oil waste as an ingredient in cosmetics purely for their financial gain. Meanwhile, mineral oil literally smothers your skin, preventing it from breathing, like wrapping yourself in a plastic bag or clinging food wrap.