Chemicals to avoid in skin care.

We always recommend avoiding products that contain petrochemicals. Here's a list of things to look for...

Petrochemicals and why you should avoid them.

Petrochemicals can be found in a wide range of products, from lipsticks & cosmetics to the skin care products we use daily on our face and bodies. At benir we avoid these ingredients as much as possible.  Not only do they offer no value to the benefits provided by popular brands, they may actually have a negative downside. 

Petrochemicals are derived from oil (petroleum) and have been shown to disrupt our bodies endocrine system (the system of glands responsible for hormone production), and can be carcinogenic (linked to cancers). They are primarily used as a cheap filler in cosmetics, although they offer no real benefit to the consumer.

Take a look at the chart below (courtesy thegreenpages.ca) and then check your products for the listed ingredients.  We can't make the decision for you, but we would highly recommend avoiding products if they contain theses ingredients in the top half of the ingredient list, or multiple petrochemicals are being used in the formulation.

And of course at benir, our formulations are full of active and beneficial ingredients not petrochemical fillers.

Ingredients we don't want in our skincare. Part 1

In the past two decades, more and more of us have begun to question not only what we put in our bodies, but also the products we apply topically.  Studies in the U.S. show that over 10,000 of the 82,000 cosmetic ingredients used in person care products are industrial chemicals, with approximately 60% of the chemicals we apply to our skin being absorbed into the bloodstream. As a consumer it can be overwhelming and frustrating trying to avoid the various questionable ingredients, and more often than not we are not fully aware of exactly why they are considered harmful. Here's the first of a 2 part list of some common culprits. Remember, you won't find these in our products.