Ingredients to avoid in skincare - Koope

Ingredients to avoid in skincare

When shopping for skincare products, it's important to be mindful of the ingredients they contain so you can make sure that your skin is always getting the best care possible. Unfortunately, some commonly used ingredients are potentially bad news! In fact, there are over 1400 potentially harmful ingredients banned in Europe that can be found in most skincare products today. Shocking, we know! Here are a few ingredients you should avoid in your skincare routine.


Parabens are preservatives that help prevent bacteria growth in cosmetics. While these chemicals can extend a product’s shelf life, parabens may also disrupt hormones which is why many people choose to avoid them. Parabens have been linked to health issues such as cancer and reproductive problems. They’re preservative nature is not worth the risk! Try products like Koope that have preservatives like potassium sorbate that work to keep the bad gunk out of your products without risking your health.


Phthalates are often added to lotions and other beauty items as well. They are used to increase flexibility and softness in products. Though commonly found in many beauty products like soaps, shampoo, and hair spray, this ingredient has been banned in Europe for a reason. Their presence has been linked with health issues such as hormonal disruption, cancer and infertility.



Fragrances, while they might make products smell better, can be very irritating to the skin. Fragrances may cause rashes, inflammation, dryness, acne, and even worsen hyperpigmentation. Fragrances also often contain parabens and phthalates as well as other potentially hazardous chemicals. With so many harmful risks they pose to your skin, it's best to avoid fragrance in your skincare routine altogether.

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The good news is, there are plenty of great alternatives to parabens, phthalates and fragrances that still provide effective skincare solutions. Safe preservatives such as rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E, and sodium benzoate (that can be found in Koope products) can help keep your skin safe while keeping the shelf life of a product intact. 

Rosemary Leaf Extract

The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of rosemary extract make this ingredient a great preservative for skincare products. Derived straight from the rosemary plant, Rosemary leaf extract is a potent antioxidant, which means it can help protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, and free radicals. By doing so, it helps prevent premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also helps reduce inflammation and can calm down redness or puffiness. You can find this nourishing herb in the Koope Heavyweight Moisturizer to help get your skin looking healthy and radiant!

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps your skin in more ways than one!. Vitamin E  can help fight environmental damage to the skin.This means that it helps protect against UV rays, pollution, and other environmental stressors that can lead to premature aging. So if you’re looking to keep your skin looking young and fresh, vitamin E is a must-have in your routine. But the benefits don’t stop there. Vitamin E also helps to nourish and hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple. It works to soothe dry and flaky skin, making it an ideal ingredient for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. Try the Koope Middleweight Moisturizer to get the full range of benefits from this super vitamin.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative that's commonly used in food and skincare products. But what you might not know is that it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. That means it can help fight off acne-causing bacteria and prevent fungal infections on the skin.This multitasking ingredient can be found in Koope products as well to keep gunk out of your products and help get your skin healthy as ever.


By avoiding parabens, phthalates and fragrances in your skincare routine, you’ll be taking precautionary steps towards protecting your skin from any potential health risks! And with Koope providing you with simple, effective skincare free of all the bad stuff, there’s no longer any need to worry about potentially harmful ingredients in your skincare products. So go ahead and shop smarter, so you can enjoy beautiful skin for years to come!