"I leave everything out of my products that ought not be there in the first place -- it's a long list.:"
So here's a partial list of some of the most common nasties one finds in almost all commercial skincare products. And in many made by small "natural" hand made brands as well. See any of these ingredients on a product label you're using, be a good idea to find another product.
Some of those listed below are known cancer-causing compounds and remain unregulated by the FDA for a number of questionable reasons. Mostly it is felt that because it's not consumed it's ok. Forgetting that 30% to 40% of what you put on your skin makes it's way into your body.
"If you put it on your skin you've eaten it, you just didn't have to chew it up and swallow it first."
You'll never find any of these or for that matter synthetic waxes or bee's wax. No shea butter. No GMO. No animal products. No synthetic preservatives. No toxins.
What I find curious is that many "Natural" "Organic" skincare products often have some of the ingredients listed below. Read your labels carefully before you put anything on your delicate skin.
If You're wondering what should be in your skincare just read the labels on Luminance Skincare Products
Categories Of Undesirable Ingredients: (A Specific List Follows)
1. SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES often contain phthalates (pronounced THAY-lates), synthetic chemicals commonly used to stabilize fragrances and make plastic more pliable. These endocrine disrupters mimic hormones and may alter genital development. Avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient unless the label states that it’s derived from essentials oils, or look for a phthalate-free label on the packaging.
2. PARABENS, ubiquitous in skincare, preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life–but these antimicrobial chemicals also have hormone-disrupting effects.
3. UREAS, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.
4. 1,4-DIOXANE, a chemical carcinogen, is created when ingredients are processed with petroleum-derived ethylene oxide. Common ethoxylated compounds include sodium laureth sulfate and polyethylene glycol (often listed as PEG). To avoid it, skip any product with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth (or any other -eth), PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.
5. PETROCHEMICALS are derived from crude oil. Petroleum-based ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin (derived from nonrenewable sources) form a barrier when applied to the skin that does not allow it to breathe and can clog pores.
6. MEA/DEA/TEA are “amines” (ammonia compounds) and can form harmful nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers, and to adjust the pH of cosmetics, they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of the hair and skin.
7. SULFATES, such as sodium lauryl and sodium laureth, are harsh detergents that give cleansers, soaps, and shampoos their latherability. Often derived from petroleum, sulfates can also come from coconut and other vegetable oils that can be contaminated with pesticides. Sulfates can cause eye irritation and skin rashes.
8. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS, such as oxybenzone and octylmethoxycinnamate, have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safer alternatives.
9. QUATS, such as benzalkonium chloride, steardimonium chloride, cetrimonium bromide, and cetrimonium chloride, give a positive charge to conditioners in order to prevent static. They are necessary for conditioners, but we have allowed only the mildest quats in our Beauty With a Conscience standard: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, hydroxypropyltrimonium oligosaccharide, and SugaQuats.
10. ANTIBACTERIAL COMPOUNDS, such as triclosan and chlorphenesin, do not break down in the environment and may contribute to bacterial resistance.
11. SYNTHETIC POLYMERS, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.
12. SYNTHETIC COLORS are made from coal tar. They contain heavy metal salts that may deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number.
13. CHELATORS, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biodegrade in the environment.
14. NANOS are a new technology with inconclusive but potentially hazardous study results. Research suggests that when tiny nano particles penetrate the skin, they may cause cell damage.
15. ANIMAL TESTING: A grim history of cruelty to animals lies behind many cosmetic ingredients. But scientists are developing new technologies to test cosmetics before a European Union ban on animal testing begins in March 2009.
Specific Listing Of Nasty Things That Shouldn't Be In Your Skincare:
Some are more dangerous than others, but not a single one of these has any business on your skin.
acrylic acid/vp crosspolymer
alpha hydroxy acids
Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate
amino-guanadine amino-guanadine is not INCI compliant
Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate
ammonium laureth sulfate
ammonium lauryl sulfate
ammonium xylene sulfonate
AMP AMP is not INCI compliant
behenamidopropyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride
benzyl PCA benzyl PCA is not INCI compliant
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl
Blue WS 1430
C 11-15 Pareth 12
C 12-14 Olefin Sulfonate
C 12-15 Alkyl benzoate
C 12-15 Alkyl octanoate
C 13-14 Isoparaffin
C12-15 alkyl lactate
C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester
C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearol stearate
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Silica
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Diacetyl Boldine
Carbowax (see polyethylene glycol)
castor oil/IPDI copolymer
CDE (see cocomide DEA)
ceramide 2, 3
ceteareth 2 - 100
ceteareth 5 - 20
Ceteth -20 Phosphate
cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride
cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate
coco betaine acceptable if there is documentation to show the source is
coco phosphatidyl pg-dimonium chloride
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate cocoamphocarboxyglycinate is not INCI compliant
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice
colloidal anhydrous silica
to show the source is natural
Copper disodium EDTA
corn glycol corn glycol is not INCI compliant
Dimethicone glycereth-2 cocoate
Dimethyl oxobenzo dioasilane
Dimethyl Phenyl 2-Butanol
dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate disodium laureth sulfosuccinate is not INCI compliant
disodium oleamido succinate
Distarch Phospate Acetate
ethyl diglycol (see polyethylene glycol) ethyl diglycol is not INCI compliant
FD & C colors
fragrance, synthetic (botanical fragrance, parfum,
germall germall is not INCI compliant
human placental protein
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl
Isopropyl phenyl dimethicone
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
lactamidopropyl trimonium chloride
lactic acid acceptable for use as a pH adjuster
Lauryl Amidopropyl Betaine lauryl amidopropyl betaine is not INCI compliant
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
methoxycinnamate methoxycinnamate is not INCI compliant
methyl rapeseed extract
myristyl ether sulfate
nanotechnology ingredients <100 nm
Octadecanol octadecanol is not INCI compliant.
Octyl dimethyl PABA
Octyl Dodecyl Neopentanoate
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
Palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyloyl
Palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutylrate
panthenyl ethyl ether
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (see PABA)
PCA-ethyl cocoyl arginate
PEG (see polyethylene glycol)
PEG 35 (stearate) castor oil
PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides
PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate
PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate
PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate
PEG-20, 100 stearate
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil
Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric glycerides
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
phenyl-butyl-nitrate phenyl-butyl-nitrate is not INCI compliant
polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Polyglyceryl -10 Behenate/Eicosadioate
polyglyceryl -2 dipolyhydroxystearate
Polyquaternium 7, 10, 11
Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate
PPG-15 stearyl ether
propylene glycol alginate
Providone (see polyvinylpyrrolidone)
Quaternium 95 (and) 1,3 Propanediol
Ricinoleylpropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
Silica Dimethyl Silylate
silver dihydrogen citrate
soapstone (see talc)
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
sodium cetearyl sulfate
sodium cocoyl sulfate
Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate
sodium isostearoyl lactylate
sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Glucosideoxyacetate
sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate
sodium myreth sulfate
Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
squalane only shark-derived squalene unacceptable
Squalene only shark derived squalene is unacceptable
stearamidopropyl dimethyl amine
Steardimonium Chloride stearamidopropyl chloride is not INCI compliant
steareth-2, 20, 21, 100 etc
Sulfated Castor Oil
Tetrasodium N,N-bis(carboxymethyl) L-Glutamate
Thiotic Acid thiotic acid is not INCI compliant
Tri Alkyl Citrate
triethoxycaprylysilane triethoxycarprylysilane is not INCI compliant
trisodium EDTA (see tetrasodium EDTA)
Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate
vanillyl butyl ether
Wheat germamidopropyl betaine
willow bark extract
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