As a pores and skin scientist and formulator, my lab solely comprises elements that align with my ‘clear science’ philosophy. This entails creating efficient skincare by merging one of the best of evidence-based science with one of the best of what nature gives, with out including dangerous or questionable elements.
Our market is flooded with skincare merchandise, lots of which comprise doubtful components. We soak up over 2kg of probably poisonous elements per 12 months from face and physique merchandise. While it’s vital to not be a concern monger, some elements might pose a threat to well being and wellbeing if used beneath sure situations or if you’re predisposed to pores and skin reactions.
Beneath is my private checklist of no-no elements that won’t seem on my lab cabinets.
Additionally known as D&C or FD&C dyes, artificial color is used for look solely and gives color to make-up and skincare. They’re derived from petroleum and provide no profit to the pores and skin. FD&C dyes could also be irritating to the pores and skin, and the small measurement of the pigment particles, in addition to doable lead and heavy metallic content material, might trigger an issue with pores and skin penetration. While synthetic color affords an enormous number of color, I go for pure minerals, such a colored micas and iron oxides and plant derived colors.
I as soon as walked previous a retailer promoting bathtub bombs and soaps and I inhaled that overpowering sickly candy fragrance. My nostril instantly recognised it as synthetic. The factitious perfume is in so many magnificence merchandise can comprise over 200 artificial chemical compounds and it’s the primary explanation for pores and skin irritation. It could possibly even have an affect on mind chemistry and trigger complications. As an alternative, go for pure important oils and fragrance-free formulation. Even some important oils may cause irritation; so, make sure the dosage is low and on the very decrease finish of the ingredient checklist. Trace: search for the phrases ‘Perfume + /- quantity’ or ‘Parfum + /- quantity’ and chances are high they’re synthetic).
PEGs (Polyethylene glycol)
PEGs are an inexpensive and versatile additive to skincare. There are a lot of kinds of PEGs and they’re utilized in skincare merchandise as an emollient, an ingredient penetration enhancer and to assist dissolve and stabilise different elements within the product. Pure PEGs themselves are usually not questionable in low doses, however there are different by-product elements concerned of their manufacture which may be current, similar to ethylene oxide and 1,Four-dioxane, that are recognized toxins.
This ingredient is used as a moisturiser to carry water within the pores and skin and to assist penetration of different elements. There’s some controversy concerning the toxicity of this ingredient, and this comes right down to dosage. Propylene glycol has been linked to pores and skin irritation and my philosophy is to make use of elements with minimal threat to pores and skin. Glycerine performs the identical perform as propylene glycol and has a a lot decrease irritancy threat.
Chemical absorbing Sunscreens
Often known as ‘natural sunscreen’ elements, these work to soak up UV rays contained in the pores and skin in comparison with mineral sunscreens (aka bodily or inorganic) that don’t penetrate the pores and skin. These mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to mirror and scatter dangerous UV rays from the floor to forestall photo voltaic radiation harm.
Zinc oxide is my primary fave sunscreen as a result of it protects from each UVA and UVB rays, with out the chance of pores and skin irritation and photosensitivity that most of the chemical absorbing sunscreens create.
Oxybenzone is presently creating controversy relating to hormonal disruption to cells and its damaging results on marine life and coral reef infertility. Oxybenzone is now banned as a chemical sunscreen in Hawaii because of this. There could also be some new chemical sunscreens on the horizon providing nice safety and minimal threat, however till then my lab will solely use zinc oxide for skincare!
As a formulator, I continuously examine scientific proof relating to ingredient security and make knowledgeable selections relating to what elements to make use of and those who I deem as questionable. Most of those questionable elements won’t be poisonous at low doses for many wholesome people. It’s when elements are used for lengthy intervals of time or on compromised pores and skin that I’ve considerations. In the end, customers are selecting merchandise with the very best security and ethics profile for themselves and their households. The nice information is that there are options, so pores and skin scientists like me, will hold researching the cleanest and most secure elements from each science and nature.
Ladies Love Tech wish to thank Terri Vinson for her article. Terri is the founder and proprietor of Synergie Pores and skin.