Check your labels! Here are eight skincare ingredients to avoid
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know there’s a lot we love in skincare.
We love fully active products. We love sustainability. We love innovation. We love clean cosmeceuticals.
But while there’s a lot we love, there’s an awful lot we don’t have so much affection for too.
Mainly, the inclusion of ingredients in skincare products that the cells just don’t need or want.
As single-plant ingredient skincare, the revolutionary extraction system developed by Biologi founder, Ross Macdougald has allowed Biologi to provide consumers with a range of fully active skincare that works on the skin just as it does in the plant.
We harness the potent power of nature to deliver millions of phytonutrients to the skin giving consumers results they’ve never experienced before.
If we show day after day that all the skin needs is pure plant actives, you might want to know why ingredients labels on traditional products are so. Damn. Long.
And we don’t know either.
Our research has confirmed just how much damage some of the most widely used ingredients can cause. While sensitised skin, dryness and premature ageing are big concerns, the skin is the body’s largest organ so some of the synthetic formulating ingredients can also penetrate right into the body. No thank you!
We pride ourselves on giving consumers the education they need to make informed decisions about what to put on the skin. Here are some ingredients to avoid in skincare and the reason why.
- Cetearyl alcohol
Cetearyl alcohol makes a product stretch further. It is a known skin irritant that has ZERO benefits to cellular function. The only benefit to seeing this toxin on the side of the ingredients label is that the moisturiser will stretch further and can therefore retail at a lower price. And let us tell you that while you’re saving money, your skin will be paying the price.
- Stearic acid
Stearic acid is also completely void of benefits to the skin. Again, the acid is used to make the product stretch further saving you dollars and increasing manufacturer profits.
As another known skin irritant, the long-term use of stearic acid can lead to sensitised skin, redness, itching and dryness. Ouch!
Ethanol is an ingredient traditionally found in paint stripper. Why anyone would think it would be a good idea to use it to formulate skincare is a little beyond us. The role of ethanol in skincare is to help ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin. Just what we wanted, all those synthetics getting further into the deeper layers!
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative added to restrict bacterial growth. Exposure to this ingredient that’s a little hard to pronounce may cause a skin reaction including sensitisation and chronic skin concerns. Phenoxyethanol might be banned in the EU, but you can still find it adorning ingredients labels across Australia. Avoid.
Acrylates are found in nail polishes and come with a warning label. Despite ongoing exposure potentially leading to cellular damage and organ system toxicity, acrylates stand loud and proud on charcoal masks as a product used to bind the product to the skin.
- Benzyl alcohol and polyaminopropyl biguanide
The good news is the parabens thought to have links to breast cancer in women are now banned in Australia. The bad news is that something needed to replace their role to preserve moisturiser and kill the bacteria that causes mould.
Enter benzyl alcohol and polyaminopropyl biguanide. While both ingredients are still considered ‘safe’ up to a concentration of 0.1%, PAPB is also used in contact lens cleaner and isn’t something we’d choose to put on our skin.
Fragrance can make a product smell nice but That. Is. All. Apart from covering up the smell of the synthetic formulating ingredients, fragrance is one of the most common allergens in Australia. Yes, even the natural essential oils.
In no circumstances do we recommend you put fragrance on delicate skin cells. Instead, we recommend you choose products with no added fragrance, so the only aroma you notice comes directly from the plant.
Water doesn’t harm your skin, but it doesn’t have any benefit in skincare either.
Water (or aqua depending on how fancy the label!) dilutes any active ingredients and makes the product stretch further. That is all.
If water is top of the ingredients list, it’s safe to assume that the activity of any natural ingredients has been completely diluted so any results are achieved purely from synthetics.
Biologi’s full range of clean cosmeceuticals relies on the bioactivity of single-plant extracts. We don’t need to add synthetics and formulating ingredients because our results are achieved from the power of high performing plant actives.
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