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are we being fooled?

Posted by Kelly Ross on

A friend messaged me today with her skincare concerns... she's using a "pure, natural, organic" moisturizer that isn't working for her.  Her skin is still dry and blemished.  Here are the ingredients:  

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, aqua (water), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, persea grattisima (avocado) oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, carbomer, methyl glucose sequistearate, potassium cetyl phosphate, potassium hydroxide, sodium PCA, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, amyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citral, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linallool, fragrance (parfum).

Let's break it down... Aloe juice - great.  Water - not so great (contributes to further drying in this high of quantity).  Sunflower - good vitamin E source.  Stearic acid - (possible carcinogen in concentrated, chemically derived form).  Cetyl Alcohol - very drying.  Dimethicone - a type of silcone; also drying, marketed as a moisturizer but is just a plastic barrier, essentially "pseudo-moisture".............

See the theme?  How is this moisturizer going to moisturize with so much working against it?  Many of these ingredients are designed for prolonged shelf life (longer shelf life = more money for the manufacturer), and to give a "fast fix" for short term result.  But ultimately, these are not healing, healthy ingredients.  Please read your labels.  We can have the best intentions by buying a product that is labeled as "pure, natural, organic" - only to be putting alcohol, silcone, etc. on our faces.  Is that what we signed up for?  No.  Each ingredient needs to have a distinct benefit for YOU, not for the company trying to make a profit.  

Love your TASTY faces. 


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