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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Natural Skincare

Lately, I am starting to explore more about cosmetic industry environment. And here are the finding looks like.


Synthetic Emolliments To Avoid
TypeExampleEffect: MSDS Source
PEG compoundsPEG-45 Almond GlycerideMay contain the toxic by product Dioxane.
Synthetic AlcoholsIsopropyl PlamitateCan cause allergies and dermatitis
HydrocarbonsMineral Oil, Parrafin, Wax, PetrolatumContain carcinogenic and mutagenic properties and can cause chemically induced acne.
Silicone OilsDimethicone, Cyclomethicone, CopolyolClogs the skin and causes tumors when painted on lab animals.


Organic Skin Care Emolliments
TypeExample
Plant OilsJojoba, Avocado, Rosehip, Shea, Cocoa and Jojoba Butters


Synthetic Humectants To Avoid
Chemical CompoundHealth Effect
Propylene GlycolCauses skin irritation and contact dermatitis.
Ethylene/Diethylene GlycolCauses skin irritation and contact dermatitis.
PEG CompoundsMay contain the carcinogenic by product Dioxane.
Ethoxlated SufactantsMay contain the carcinogenic by product Dioxane.
Synthetic AlcoholsHave been shown to cause allergies and contact dermatitis.


Organic Skin Care Humectants
TypeSource
Natural PhospholipidsLecithin
PanthenolPro Vitamin B5


Synthetic Emulsifiers To Avoid
TypeExampleHealth Effect
Alkoxykated AmidesTEA, DEA, MEA, MIPA compounds.Can undergo nitrosation to form nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.
PEG CompoundsPEG-45May contain the carcinogenic by-product Dioxane.
Synthetic AlcoholsSorbitan Stearate, Laurate, Palmitate, OleateKnown to cause contact dermatitis and allergies in lab animals


Organic Skin Care Emulsifiers
CandelillaCarnaubaJojoba
Rice BranXanthan GumQuince Seed



Synthetic Surfactants To Avoid
Chemical TypeHealth Effect
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth SulfatePotential human carcinogen.
Ammonium Lauryl/Laureth SulfatePotential human carcinogen.
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl TauratePotential human carcinogen.
Sodium Lauroyl/Cocoyl SacrosinatePotential human carcinogen.
Cocomidopropyl BetainePotential human carcinogen.
TEAPotent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines
MEAPotent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines
DEAPotent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines
PEGPotent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines
Quanternium -7,15,31,60Potent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines
Disodium OleamidePotent carcinogen when mixed with Nitrosamines


Organic Skin Care Surfactants
Castile SoapYucca Extract
SoapwortQuillaja Bark Extract


Synthetic Preservatives To Avoid
Imidiazolidinyl Urea G(Germall 115)Causes contact dermatitis and releases Formaldehyde over 10°C
Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall II)Causes contact dermatitis
DMDM HydatoninHighly toxic, causes contact dermatitis and contains Formaldehyde.
Methyl/Propyl/Butyl/Ethyl ParabenCauses allergic reactions and skin rashes. Used in a wide range of products.
2-Bromo-Nitro-Propane-1,3-diolCauses allergic contact dermatitis.
Benzalkonium ChlorideHighly toxic, a primary skin irritant
Quarternium-15Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions
ChloromethylisothiazolinoneCauses contact dermatitis
MethylchloroisothiazolineCauses allergies
Butylated HydroxyToulene (BHT)Carcinogenic and contact dermatitis
Butylated HydroxyanisoleNatural Preservatives


Organic Skin Care Preservatives
Tea Tree OilThyme Essential Oil
Grapefruit Seed ExtractBitter Orange Extract

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