I was flipping through a popular women’s magazine and came across the typical cool shots of hip skin care products and thought I would investigate them further. In this list of items everyone should have in their medical cabinet there is only one that is ok for you to use on your face. The rest of these highly advertised products are screeching out the cool ingredients you know are great, but behind the scenes there are additives taking up space and wreaking havoc with your health. Take, for instance hydrolyzed soy flour:
hydrolyzed soy flour – many people are allergic to soy or soya. Are you one of these people? Ever think it might be in a skin care product? Well it’s in Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle. The first thing that I’d like to do is to warn you to be very careful with soy. Soy has heavy pesticide exposure. As more time goes on, this once healthy alternative took a turn for the dark side and is not really safe unless an organic ingredient.
Another product that looked very promising to me was the “37 Actives” series of products by a Doctor. Upon visiting their website all looks great, but when a skin care company lists only their “active ingredients” and not their whole list of ingredients my eye brows shoot up in a “hmm, what are they hiding?” type of way.
Further investigation yields that they are letting us know that after 6 months of use (after jar opening) their products still retain 100% of their effectiveness – the key ingredients. In other words, you are not just putting a bunch of preservatives on your skin because all the good stuff died. So, considering this is part of their marketing tactic, you’ve got to wonder what preservative are they using that allows their jar to last up to 2 years? Who keeps products that long? Are you not using your moisturizers and masks? Tsk, tsk – use them to keep your skin looking great – within 6 months please.
I think this type of sales strategy can backfire on a company. I really don’t want to use a product that is that well preserved after 24 months of sitting around in my bathroom and possibly being exposed to bacteria from under my fingernails for instance!
There is no mention on their site of what chemical or natural combination of things they do use for a preservative. Do you really think it is a safe, natural one? Nope. I just did a bit of Sherlock investigative googling and only found out that everyone thinks it is wonderful she is not using parabens. But what if we find out the preservative is – yikes – formaldehyde?
Years ago I tried a local product and thought it smelled really odd and turns out the chemist put in formaldehyde as a preservative. To this day I see these products around town and it’s a problem for me – I think he finally took it out. But to me, this person used me as a guinea pig and I don’t appreciate that at all! Do your research before sending me samples to try with crazy skin care ingredients. Now I ALWAYS check ingredient lists – you should too.
I’m hoping that the preservatives she has devised are safe, but a preservative strong enough to keep active ingredients alive after 24 months – sorry, but that will not be going on my skin.
This was just two of the products I saw from this one magazine list. They looked all cool with tilted images and splashes of water and snazzy names. Just be aware of that ingredient list and remember that your skin absorbs everything. Many people have switched away from deodorants with aluminum because of a possible link to breast cancer.
You have to be careful with what you put on your face. A few laugh lines shows character too! Be on the lookout for long lists too – they tend to have way too many crazy skin care ingredients (filler products) and very few of the ingredients they are hyping on the front label. Keep your guard up!