• Lillee Jean

Think Before You Purchase Skincare Products

         THINKING before you purchase skincare products seems a tad offputting, but allow me to explain! Every year, the average women shell’s out hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on serums, creams, and treatments to turn back the clock or to help improve certain skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.) The thing is, many of those serums, creams, and treatments contain ingredients that are unnecessary and contain known carcinogens! My point of doing this blog post is to let you love’s know that sometimes the root is better than the whole package. Please be sure to also view this blog post: http://thaeyeballqueen.com/green/my-top-5-essential-oils/ which will come in handy with the following paragraphs below.

Butter Yourself Five Fruits Super Rich Smoothing Body Cream! This is supposed to moisturize your body immensely with exfoliating properties. Below is the ingredients list taken directly from Soap & Glory’s website! I decided to use this product as a demonstration to prove even “skin care” brands have their faults.

Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Leaf Oil, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Potassium Hydroxide, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, BHT, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ficus Carica (Fig) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Coumarin, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Triethyl Citrate, Trisodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 15510 (Orange 4), CI 14700 (Red 4)

One, fragrance in ANYTHING is highly irritating and can actually be a cover for over 100 different chemicals that companies do not have to list by law. Second, coumarin is known to be irritating to the skin, as well as it is linked to cancer. Limonene has irritating properties and can cause toxicity to the skin. Potassium Hydroxide can be irritating, to the skin, eyes, and lungs. Anything containing “PEG” or Polyethylene glycol is not only a known carcinogen but a skin irritant. Potassium sorbate is known to be a poor ingredient for those with skin allergies. Dimethicone is linked to organ system toxicity.  How’s that for a good ingredient list that’s flooded by “good” ingredients so you miss the “bad for you” artificial ingredients.

I’m of the mind that if you can get a single ingredient, and mix your OWN combinations to suit your skin needs, you’d be better off! For example, instead of that “moisturizing” cream, I could mix grapeseed oil, with a bit of aloe juice, and shea butter to have my own super moisturizing cream…without the fragrance, without the skin irritants, and without the bull!

Another example of a well-rated product with questionable ingredients is Physicians Formula Enriched Dry Skin Concentrate! If you go to this website, the Environmental Working Group, you’ll be able to see all the “bad ingredients”, and be able to see the “good” ingredients which can help you separate out what you need in your skincare routine, and what YOU DON’T: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/479786/Physicians_Formula_Enriched_Dry_Skin_Concentrate%2C_For_Dry_to_Very_Dry_Skin/#.Wxm85y-ZNjU

One last product I will bring to you Jeaniez is Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment! This is a heavy duty night cream that should make you super soft, and have noticeably smaller pores. This all sounds great…until you read the ingredients of this $15.99 product.

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Certified Organic Ingredient), Ethyl Palmate, Phenoxyethanol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cetearyl Glucoside, Sucrose Stearate, Maltodextrin, Mixed Tocopherols, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene.

          The brand claims to be 95% natural, which DOES NOT mean organic and claims this product is free of parabens, SLS, and is silicone free! As a plus Yes to is cruelty-free, too. Unfortunately, this product contains fragrance, potassium hydroxide, and phenoxyethanol, which I don’t know about YOU loves, but this is enough to break my skin out in hives! All ingredients I mentioned are irritants to the skin, eyes, and lungs, and are no help to those with highly sensitive skin. Although the EWG rates these ingredients a 5 out of 10, meaning the product has a FAIR rating, I think it’d be best picking out the “good” ingredients and getting them separately to make your own pore treatment. For example, sunflower seed oil can be as cheap as $8.00, and has multiple uses! Tea tree oil, as another example, can be used in household cleaning, in diffusers, and on the skin. Even shea butter can be multi-purpose as a cuticle moisturizer, a skin moisturizer, and as a  cosmetic compound. Point being, I like MULTI-PURPOSE items, not an item that can break me out, and that is a jar of chemicals (everything is a chemical, but I am referring to the bad stuff such as fragrance).

Bye bye icky ingredients, hello NATURE!

Again, think of your skin like a plant! You absorb everything. That means you’re absorbing the very soybean oil the Yes to product contains to the fragrance (100+ extra ingredients which are hormone disrupters, and allergens), to the potassium hydroxide. Wouldn’t it just be better to absorb the shea butter, or the tea tree oil outright? I think so! Let me know what you love’s think in the comments below :)!

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