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Function: Skin Renewing
Concerns: Possible Allergen
Function: Ph Adjuster
About: A naturally occurring and synthetically produced beta hydroxy acid
Function: Skin Conditioning
Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Fact: Salicylic Acid is also known to increase the skin’s
. Additionally, Salicylic acid does not cure acne, it
must be used continuously
, because its effects stop when you stop using it -- pores clog up again and the
. Why bother!
About: Good old H2O
Fact: If the first ingredient in your product is water, it is probably making up between 30%-100% of the formula. How do you feel about paying lots of money to be applying water to your face?
About: SILOXANE. Silicone-based ingredients, made up of silicon, oxygen, and alkane.
Function: Skin Conditioner
Concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation
Fact: According to Environment Canada, D4 and D5 are
, persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms.
About: Alcohol compound, can be of animal or vegetable origin
Concerns: Restrictions in concentration on cosmetics
Fact: If derived from animals, frequently obtained from a
known as tallow or animal fat.
About: PETROLEUM PRODUCT. A colorless alcohol derived from petroleum
Fact: It is used in the manufacture of
, structural material for boats, custom moldings, and sheets and boards for construction.
Concerns: Organ system toxicity
Fact: It is a smoothing silicone that
because it covers the skin. It is like having a thin, rubber-like cover over your face all day, it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities. That means those prone to acne or with oily skin are more likely to see increased blackheads and breakouts when using products containing this ingredient.
About: A fatty alcohol that's either a petrochemical (chemical derived from petroleum) or an oleochemical (chemical derived from plant and animal fats).
Function: Emulsion Stabilizer
Fact: Has the ability to altercate the protective barrier of the skin and cause
About: SILOXANE. A silicon-based cyclic compound
Fact: Canada has
restricted the use
of this ingredient in cosmetic products and silicone breast implants, and includes it on its list of Accelerated Reduction/Elimination of Toxics (ARET).
About: A form of vitamin B5
Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources
Fact: When Panthenol is applied topically, it penetrates into lower skin layers, is
absorbed into skin cells
and processed into
(commonly known as Vitamin B5).
About: A minor metabolite of fatty acids
Concerns: Use limitations
About: Flax seed oil
Function: Skin-Conditioning Agent
About: Meadowsweet Extract
Fact: Meadowsweet was the key headache-busting ingredient from which
was synthesized; Bayer Pharmaceuticals used dried meadowsweet leaves for its original methyl salicylic acid formulation.
About: The primary component of the essential oil extracted from chamomile.
Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption
Fact: Increases the
of other cosmetic ingredients, which is fantastic in formulas that contain antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients – but bad if it’s in a formula that also contains risky chemicals.
About: Natural form of vitamin A
Fact: Retinols and retinoids can increase
, because they remove the top layer of skin. Additionally, Retinols taken orally can cause severe
if taken during pregnancy.
About: A major component of all cell membranes
About: Synthetic vitamin E
Function: Antioxidant; Skin-Conditioning Agent
Concerns: Contamination, Ecotoxic, Carcinogenic
Fact: Strong evidence that it is a human
, and in vitro tests on mammalian cells showed positive mutation results, linking it to
About: A fat-soluble form of vitamin C
Fact: Suspected to be an
. Additionally, because Ascorbyl palmitate is fat-soluble and
the skin, it is recommended that lower concentrations be used in leave-on formulations.
About: Synthetic vitamin A
Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes
Fact: A study by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate may speed the development of
and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight
About: Licorice root extract
Fact: Because it's a plant derived ingredient, The CIR Expert Panel advises cosmetic manufacturers to take the necessary steps to assure that
pesticide and toxic metal residues
are below acceptable levels.
About: Flavor and perfume ingredient can be natural or synthetic
Banned in the EU
and on a restricted fragrances list
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A sorbitol-based emulsifier and surfactant.
Concerns: Contamination concerns
Fact: The problem with any ingredient that is treated with ethylene oxide is that it can then become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known
that penetrates readily into the skin.
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Glyceryl stearate is composed of naturally occurring lipid ingredients glycerol and stearic acid
Fact: Suspected to be an
About: PETROCHEMICAL. A synthetic emulsifier
Concerns: Ecotoxic, Contamination, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Fact: Should not be used on broken or irritated skin, studies showed that patients suffering from severe burns were treated with PEG-based antimicrobial cream; this treatment resulted in
About: Glass used in cosmetics and personal care products in the form of flakes
Function: Bulking Agent
Concerns: Organ system toxicity for airborne products
Fact: Borosilicate glasses are also used in the manufacture of
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Pentylene glycol is a synthetic, low molecular weight solvent
Concerns: Possible Allergen
Fact: an irritant that causes
, suggesting this skin care product ingredient could be an emerging allergen.
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A sugar alcohol that is treated with ylene oxide
About: A gum derived from the fermentation of a mushroom
gelling and stabilizing polysaccharide agent
About: A sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria
Function: Viscosity Controlling
Fact: Able to produce a large increase in the
of a liquid by adding a very small quantity of xanthan gum, on the order of one percent.
About: A highly caustic and reactive inorganic base, also known as lye
Concerns: Irritant (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Expected to be toxic or harmful
" and one or more animal studies show brain and nervous system, metabolic, and sense organ effects at very low doses.
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Used as a metal chelator, it counteracts the adverse effects of hard water by binding with heavy metal ions contained in tap water, which in turn prevents the metals from being deposited onto the skin, hair and scalp.
Concerns: Enhanced absorption
Fact: Some studies suggest that disodium EDTA is weakly
(probably due to the fact that it binds with metals required for healthy cell division.)
Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Organ toxicity
Fact: The product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) says that it phenoxyethanol is harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that it can cause
. The MSDS refers to 100% concentrations, so is it safe at lower doses? In cosmetics the concentrations are typically 0.5% to 1%. Are you willing to try it?
About: PARABEN AND PETROCHEMICAL. In the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries
Concerns: Human endocrine disruptor
Fact: New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of
Concerns: Endocrine disruption
Fact: Propylparaben has the ability to
in the human body, leading to a significant number of problems and pain from internal inflammation. When this happens, you may start gaining weight, retaining more fluids, and can even lead to
About: A volatile oil obtained from Lavendula officinalis
Fact: In-vitro research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool and linalyl acetate, can be
, which means that topical application of as little a concentration as 0.25% causes
About: Distilled from the leaves of Tea Tree
Function: Fragrance Ingredient
New England Journal of Medicine
suggests that repeated topical use of products containing tea tree oil may cause
, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty.