It is so easy to neglect our skin and body when we are always so preoccupied with our busy lives. We leave the work to products recommended by our friends and mainstream media but do these products work the best for you? Not necessarily so!
The ingredients in your skin and body care products can actually be harmful for you, and even more so for people with sensitive or atopic skin. Here are some harmful ingredients in these products that you should look out for and make an informed decision for yourself. Treat your body right and save your money for products that will actually work for you.
Scroll on to check out what these ingredients are!
Parabens are actually a type of preservative that was introduced into skincare products to prevent mould and bacteria from growing too fast and thus increasing the shelf life of the product. Parabens are small enough to penetrate the skin and remain within human tissues, which can cause irritation and other problems, making it a big ingredient no-no! Watch out for ingredients which have "paraben" as part of a word - such as butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.
Silicons are used in many skincare products as they are cheap and make your skin feel smooth and hydrated for a long period of time with its luxurious feel. However, silicon actually clogs up your pores and creates a barrier over your skin for a false sense of hydration. In fact, your skin is probably not hydrated at all and unbreathable at the same time. Overtime, you will feel your skin getting more dull and dehydrated. Avoid ingredients with the suffixes "-cones", "-conols", "-silanes" and "-siloxanes".
Many skincare products use alcohol as they make the product feel "light", aid other ingredients to penetrate your skin, and acts as a preservative. However, using alcohol on your skin will cause dryness, irritations and breakouts by stripping the oils and protective barrier on your skin. If you use alcohol-based skincare products regularly, you will find your skin irritated and dull after a while so you should avoid using such products, especially for dry, sensitive skin, or rosacea. Alcohol usually has the suffixes "-yl" and "-ol" so keep a lookout for that.
Although a brightly-coloured product is much more appealing to the eyes, they are just not for skincare products! Using products with colourants exposes your skin to more allergens, making it more susceptible to irritation and allergies. Synthetic colours are even worse as they can be contaminated with heavy metals in the process of making these colours. So, the best product is one that is naturally coloured! Watch out for terms with colours such as "yellow", "blue" or "green" or serial numbers such as "CI42090" (Green).
You may think that it is difficult to find a product that doesn't use any of these ingredients but Topicrem's products do not use them at all! Topicrem products were first formulated by a father for his child who was not able to tolerate any product on the market, and which parent won't want the best for their child?
Try out the Topicrem Ultra-Moisturzing Body Milk, the no. 1 moisturiser in France, especially for dry or dehydrated skin as it provides 24 hours of hydration. The milk is paraben, silicon, alcohol and colourant-free, and consists of pure, active ingredients kept to a strict minimum optimal dosage, because nothing is good in excess right?
The Ultra-Moisturising Body Milk is also developed along with dermatologists and proven to be suitable for sensitive skin by specific tests and clinical studies. You know that it is good when the product passes tolerant tests under medical supervision from dermatologists and pediatricians! Topicrem Ultra-Moisturizing Body Milk retails at $13.90 for a 75ml bottle, $27.60 for a 200ml bottle and $39.90 for a 500ml bottle.
Girls with extremely dry and atopic skin, don't worry because they have a product just for you as well. Many Singaporeans suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema) and this fragrance-free product is formulated to soothe itching and relieve irritated skin.
Topicrem's AD Emollient Balm also passed stringent tests under medical supervision and is paraben, silicon, alcohol and colourant-free as well. Get the AD Emollient Balm at $20.90 for a 75ml bottle or $32.90 for a 200ml bottle.
If you have super rough or crocodile-like skin and are having a hard time finding a product that will work for you, you can try out Topicrem's UR-10 Anti-Roughness Smoothing Cream, enriched with 10% Urea and beeswax which will soothe and smooth the driest and roughest skin. The UR-10 Anti-Roughness Smoothing Cream is also paraben, silicon, alcohol and colourant-free and retails at $33.90 for a 200ml bottle.
If you are in need of a gentle, natural product that will provide 24 hour hydration for your skin, you have to try out Topicrem's products which are produced with the most stringent of tests and conditions.
You can purchase Topicrem's products at selected Guardian, Watsons and other stores so make sure you head on down to try it out for yourself! They are also available online at Betime, Redmart, Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG