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Tiny trespassers: Are PFAS lurking in your skincare?

We all want the best for our skin, but what if some skincare ingredients might be doing more harm than good? Enter PFAS, a group of sneaky chemicals raising concerns in the beauty world. Let's delve into what they are, why they're causing a stir, and New Zealand's bold move to ban them!

What are PFAS?

Imagine tiny, indestructible trespassers, slipping through your skin and staying put for years. That's essentially what PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are. They're man-made chemicals used in various industries for water repellency, stain resistance, and more. Unfortunately, they also find their way into unexpected places, like some skincare products.

Why are PFAS in skincare a concern?

While research is ongoing, studies suggest potential links between PFAS exposure and health issues like:

  • Hormonal disruption: PFAS might mimic hormones, potentially affecting development and reproduction.

  • Immune system problems: Studies suggest PFAS could weaken the immune system's ability to fight off infections.

  • Certain cancers: Some research links PFAS exposure to an increased risk of certain cancers, though more evidence is needed.

New Zealand takes a stand! 🇳🇿

Recognizing the potential risks, New Zealand became the first country to announce a nationwide ban on PFAS in cosmetics starting in 2027. This bold move aims to protect public health and set a precedent for other countries.

What can you do?

While regulations are evolving, here are tips to make informed choices:

  • Check labels: Look for labels mentioning "PFAS-free" or "no PFOA/PFOS."

  • Research brands: Choose brands committed to transparency and safer ingredients.

  • Seek expert advice: Consult a dermatologist for personalized recommendations.


Taking small steps towards safer skincare can make a big difference for your health and the environment. By staying informed and making conscious choices, we can all say "no" to unwanted trespassers in our skincare routines!

Stay tuned for future posts:

  • We'll explore safer skincare alternatives.

  • We'll discuss how other countries are addressing PFAS concerns.

  • We'll share tips for advocating for stricter regulations.

Together, let's create a beauty industry that prioritizes both health and sustainability!

Take action for healthy skin and a healthy planet!

Choose skincare brands that prioritize safe ingredients, like Xtracta Skincare. Xtracta meticulously sources their ingredients, prioritizing plant-based and natural extracts while actively avoiding harmful chemicals like PFAS.

By supporting brands like Xtracta, you're not just nourishing your skin, you're making a conscious choice for a safer environment and a future free of harmful chemicals in skincare.

Visit Xtracta's website to explore their range of safe and effective skincare products that prioritize both your well-being and the planet's health: [].

Remember: You have the power to make a difference, one skincare choice at a time!

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