With all the sweet love clickR shows your skin, it might as well be made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Not a puppy dog tail in sight. After all, we want to keep your skin (and body) happy, which is why we leave certain no-nos out of our products. As part of the initiative behind The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, take a look at what clickR’s missing…
You’ve probably seen these bad boys as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. But watch out. They can cause irritation to people with sensitive skin or other skin conditions such as acne or roseacea. Even those with tough complexions can become irritated when they use too many sulfates on a day-to-day basis. Since they aren’t really needed for a great product, why put them in?
Found in some anti-aging creams and shampoos (among other products), petrochemicals are derived from crude oil. You’ll see them on labels as petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin. They’re often used because of their pretty low cost. Problem is that to save a few bucks, we would be paying the price of adding byproducts that may contain known or suspected human carcinogens. Add to that blocked pores and interfering with your skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other skin disorders…the very things we’re trying to help. No thanks. Check, please.
Otherwise known as Phthalates, this is scary stuff because the damage they do is permanent. These environmental (read: organic) chemicals disrupt the development of the endocrine system, leading to a range of reproductive problems; changes in hormone levels; early puberty; brain and behavior problems; impaired immune functions; and various cancers.
Although superficially pleasing to the eye, there’s nothing pure about these on the skin. They can contribute to skin sensitivity and irritation, and many are believed to be cancer-causing agents. They’re labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number. Why would you want something that a scientist altered, when there are so many great ingredients out there that Mother Nature created herself?
Although parabens are used to extend the shelf life of some skin care products by inhibiting microbial growth, these common ingredients are widely known to cause allergic reactions.
As we noted in a past Ruby Rave, there are 26 known allergens identified in fragrances. That just stinks. So we leave out any fragrances that would cause even the most sensitive of skins rashes, hives or redness.
The FDA requires OTC warning labels that it’s not safe for pregnant or breast feeding women. That must say something. Once absorbed, your body doesn’t know how to get rid of it, so it stays in your liver for the rest of your life. Also, when used in acne treatments, it causes both redness and dry flaky skin.
When you’re choosing care for your skin, hair or anything that goes on your body, we ask you to please think wisely and check the ingredient list. We think this list makes some beauty products out there not so beautiful.
Ruby News: Look for an interview with Cam about clickR in the March issue of Nylon Men.