Skin Care Ingredients That Can Hurt Your Skin

5 Ingredients That Are Messing Up Your Skin Routine AND Your Skin

You're going to have to cleanse your cleansers after this.


Skin care is a crucial part of anyone's beauty routine and as someone who is constantly reading labels, there are a lot of products out there that are doing more harm than good. It is hard enough maintaining our skin without chemicals bouncing around in our favorite moisturizer, disrupting the process. I am a big believer in minimal, natural ingredients in my beauty products and after reading about these common and potentially harmful skincare ingredients, I hope you will be too.

1. Fragrance

If you take a look at any of the beauty products you own, whether it's skin care, makeup, or hair care, "fragrance" or "perfume" is most likely going to be listed as an ingredient. Mixing in a scent — into skincare products especially — can cause skin irritation. And while a fragrance isn't inherently problematic, nine times out of 10 companies do not list the ingredients that make up the included fragrance, which can lead to a high allergy potential.

2. Salicylic acid

Anyone with acne-prone skin is likely to be familiar with salicylic acid. It is used in many acne fighting products as a means of drying out and eliminating breakouts. Many times it is effective. However, prolonged and excessive use of salicylic acid can lead to dry, red, and peeling skin. In fact, drying out the skin too much may lead to further irritation and breakouts, depending on your skin type. Watch out for this if you have sensitive skin or are not prone to acne.

3. Parabens

Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in a wide range of beauty products. You can easily spot it on an ingredient list by looking for a long word ending with -parabens. Their main purpose is to lengthen the shelf life of your favorite products. What's concerning about this ingredient is that it can mess with your hormones if you are exposed to it through the use of multiple different products. The good news is that many companies are switching to paraben-free formulas for their products.

4. Squalene

Squalene is an oil that is produced by almost all plants and animals. In sharks, the oil comes from their liver. This shark squalene is often used in moisturizers or skin creams due to its easy absorption ability. As a vegan, this grosses me out. But know that not all companies source shark squalene for their products; some use plant-derived squalene instead. The reasoning behind using shark squalene is that it appears to be less expensive than other plant-derived ones. Check your labels and watch out for sharks.

5. Too many unknown ingredients

A tell-tale sign for anyone who is mindful of what they use on their body is a long, long, seemingly never-ending list of ingredients on the back of your favorite beauty products. If you have to Google the unpronounceable list, you might want to invest in another product. It's important to know exactly what you're buying and what effects it may have on you, good and bad. The fewer ingredients, the better. It's safer to go the natural route; take some time and research what natural beauty products are out there for you to try.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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3 Essential Tips To Creating The Ultimate Natural Beauty Look

Bringing out your inner glow with a touch of makeup can boost your confidence through the roof.


The key to achieving natural beauty is not applying too much makeup in the first place. You don't need as much product as you think. Honestly, when it comes down to it, all you need is a moisturizer, a touch of concealer, blush, and mascara. Anything else is going to make you look too caked up when you're going for a natural look.

1. Use a light hand

It can be easy to go in with a heavy hand but in doing this, your end result will look too heavy. When you use a heavy hand, you'll end up looking like a clown. By lightly applying your makeup, you'll be able to see your beauty in all of its glory. Be sure to tap off any excess product off of your brush before applying it to your skin. This will ensure that not only will the product not be stamped onto your face, but instead, seamlessly blended onto your skin. Little stippling motions with either a beauty sponge or a foundation/ concealer brush are the easiest way to do the trick.

2. Use as much natural light as possible

By using light that is toned a different shade, your makeup can look all sorts of messed up. Typically these kinds of lights have a yellow tone in them, which can impact how you see your initial base foundation/concealer. It can turn your view into seeing your skin in a different shade, forcing you to apply either too much makeup or too harshly. I tend to do my makeup in at my kitchen table near a window, or in a bathroom with bright lighting. As long as you have a mirror and natural light, you should be good to go!

3. Use the right products

This can vary from different skin tones, textures, types, etc. Everybody has a different combination of products that works effortlessly for their skin. This can be achieved by the process of trial and error, but once you find that stellar combination, nothing out there will be able to beat it!

While playing in loud eyeshadow colors and sharp contour lines can be fun every now and then, natural beauty is key for an everyday look. Bringing out your inner glow with a touch of makeup can boost your confidence through the roof.

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