These Are the Common Skincare Ingredients You Should ALWAYS Avoid

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That said, it's also important that you're aware of what to avoid. It's easy to get wrapped up in a particular purchase based on its cute packaging, for example, but that doesn't have anything to do with the actual quality of the product.

We chatted with skincare guru Dr. Paul Nassif, who just launched his Nassif MD Med Spa in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Nassif broke down the types of products that shouldn't touch your face—or any part of your body, really.

"I am seeing an overuse of fragrance and dyes used in skincare today," Dr. Nassif told Sweety High. "These products are not necessarily good for the skin, but rather used as a marketing technique to attract consumers."

So, in other words, that delicious blue Juniper Breeze lotion you love smothering all over your arms? You may want to retire it. But on the flipside, there are mud masks and other all-natural products that do contain color (and light scent) naturally—just avoid the artificial ones. Basically, read the labels. Avoid parabens, for example, and ingredients you can't pronounce.

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Other ingredients to avoid?

"Oils and alcohols are something you never want to apply to your face," Dr. Nassif says. "Oils can clog pores and alcohols dry out the skin—definitely steer clear."

So next time you're tempted to cover your face in coconut oil, save it for the kitchen instead!


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