Dangerous Ingredients In Anti Aging Products Archives

Why should even the best anti aging products be avoided, (and what alternatives are there)?

There’s so many anti aging products around, it’s very difficult to choose between them. So many people search for the best anti aging products not understanding that so many skin care products on the market contain ingredients that should be avoided.

The advertising is seductive. Gorgeous models, wonderful scenery and beautiful music. Those creams and moisturizers just have to be good.

But the first thing to consider when looking for the best anti aging products is not how well they work, but how safe they are.

Safe? What has safety got to do with the best anti ageing products? Well actually quite a lot because so many of the big name skin care brands that you see on the market today contain ingredients which are potentially harmful to your health and to your skin.

We have focused on some of these ingredients in such products as anti aging creams and anti aging moisturizers and you can see these stories listed on the right. Today we want to talk about Propylene Glycol.

Propylene Glycol is found in a wide range of anti aging products. If you search at the Cosmetic Safety Database you will see that it is listed as being an ingredient in 945 moisturizers, 1118 facial treatments, 546 facial cleansers and 690 general anti aging products.

Whether or not the advertising says it is the best anti aging product on the market if it contains Propylene Glycol then it should be avoided. Here’s why.

If you visit the page on Propylene Glycol at the Cosmetic Safety Database you’ll see that it is linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity, irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs, persistence and bioaccumulation, organ system toxicity as well as some other worries of slightly lesser concern including neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and more.

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Maybe now you’re beginning to see why any anti ageing products, including those advertised as the best anti aging products on the market, should be avoided if they have Propylene Glycol as an ingredient.

And Propylene Glycol is only the beginning. You’ll see that we talk about many other dangerous ingredients in skin care products on this website.

Propylene Glycol is used in anti freeze. There might be some in your cars radiator right now. The EPA actually requires people who work with Propylene Glycol to wear protective gloves as well as goggles and protective clothing if they are working with it and it is likely to come into contact with their skin.

How in the world could a substance such as Propylene Glycol be used in so many personal products (and this includes many other cosmetics, bath products and deodorants) when there is even the slightest risk to your health?

The answer is simple. The big name skin care companies put it there because it’s cheap, and because they can. The FDA is not required to satisfy itself that any ingredient in skin care or anti aging products is safe for consumers to apply to their skin.

The skin care industry is self regulating. In other words the manufacturers decide what goes into their products. And we know from so many previous examples that big business doesn’t care all that much about the safety of their products as long as there is a profit to be made. Just look at the tobacco industry.

So if you’re a woman who is starting to notice the first signs of skin ageing then what do you do? The good news is that not all manufacturers of anti aging products such as anti aging creams and anti aging moisturizers are lacking in ethics. There are manufacturers with a powerful commitment to product safety and an equal commitment to product quality.

These manufacturers make the best anti aging products. These are generally small companies that seek to compete with the big players in a huge marketplace. They have an evidenced commitment to product safety, for example by signing the compact of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics demonstrating their commitment to using only known safe ingredients in their products.

One company in particular makes what we consider to be the worlds best anti aging products that are made from all natural ingredients known to be safe and which are particularly effective. When it started it’s product research it’s brief to it’s researchers was that they wanted products made from ingredients that are “safe enough to eat”.

One of the reasons the big players use so many of these chemical ingredients in their products is that they are extremely cheap. There are excellent natural ingredients sourced from plants which are well known to be highly effective at anti aging skin care. But they are invariably much more expensive.

This one small company chooses to make its products from these ingredients. The products are safe and highly effective. But of course the obvious conclusion is that they are way more expensive than the big name brands.

Under normal circumstances they would be however this company chooses to market it’s products with no marketing budget. They don’t advertise on TV, in the women’s magazines or anywhere that costs big time. Chances are you’ve never even heard of them.

For this reason the product is competitively priced, in fact very competitively priced, with the big brand names. This is because a large proportion of the cost of the big name anti ageing products is television advertising and magazine advertising. By removing this cost this small company can market it’s ultra high quality anti aging creams at a price that might surprise you.

So if you’re asking yourself what is the best anti aging product then remember, the most important consideration is the safety of the ingredients used in the product. Many of the big name products contain chemical ingredients you don’t want to be putting on your skin. And remember, what we’ve said above doesn’t just apply to aging skin care products, but to a wide range of cosmetics and other personal products, so be careful.

Petrolatum is Vaseline, and is found in hundreds of antiaging moisturizers and antiaging creams.

In keeping with our philosophy of telling our readers about dangerous ingredients in antiaging products we want to talk about Petrolatum today.

Petrolatum is found in a wide range of antiaging treatments such as antiaging creams and moisturizers. If you search the Cosmetic Safety Database you’ll find it identified in 472 moisturizers, 124 antiaging products and 193 other facial moisturizer treatments. Lets examine exactly what petrolatum is and why you should avoid anti aging products that contain petrolatum.

Petrolatum is Vaseline. It can be defined as a colloidal system of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. In other words it is a petroleum product. It can go by a range of names including hydrophilic petrolatum, white petrolatum, parraffin wax, parraffin jelly and petroleum jelly.

Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, was first described when found on oil rigs. Workers found this thick gelatinous substance on the rigs and first reported that it was good for healing burns, which it isn’t.

It is included in skin care products such as antiaging creams and antiaging moisturizers because of its alleged moisturizing properties. The ability of petrolatum or white petroleum to moisturize though, is extremely limited. The major advantage of white petroleum in skin care products is that it is extremely cheap. That’s an advantage to the companies that make the products, not to  you.
Petrolatum in Antiaging Products

You can tell that petrolatum doesn’t moisturize because it doesn’t penetrate the skin. To moisturize successfully any ingredient in antiaging products needs to penetrate the skin, if it doesn’t it cannot add moisture.

Rather what it does is to coat the skin with an oily film which may help protect against some moisture loss.

Petrolatum is extremely common in all sorts of personal and beauty products that just about all of us use every day. In fact the environmental working group that does studies on the safety of many products estimates that somewhere around one out of every 14 personal products includes petrolatum.

If you search petrolatum at the Cosmetic Safety Database will find that it is listed as a low to moderate hazard being linked to cancer, contamination, non reproductive organ toxicity and more.

One of the serious worries about petrolatum in anti aging products is the problem of contamination. Concerns about petrolatum are that it can become contaminated in the manufacturing process with substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (PAHs). PAHs are given a score of 10 out of 10 as a high hazard by the Cosmetic Safety Database and have been linked to a wide range of health concerns including cancer, immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, bioaccumulation, endocrine disruption and much more.

So whilst petrolatum itself is listed as a hazard but not a high hazard, PAHs are certainly more worrying.

Anti aging and skin care companies are not required to demonstrate to the FDA that the ingredients used in their product lines are safe and in most cases these companies do not even test to detect the existence of contaminants in their products such as PAHs.

(But not all skin care companies use petrolatum in their products!!)

In the US it seems that the laws regarding the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics, skin care and anti aging products are quite lax. In the European Union there are numerous grades of petrolatum which are listed as dangerous substances and it is only a limited range of white petroleum products that can be used in products in Europe.

Most consumers would be completely unaware that there was Vaseline in their anti aging products and that they were applying Vaseline to their face every day.

It seems incredible that antiaging products and cosmetics can contain ingredients with so many suspicions. Whether or not the risk to our health is real the truth is that there are many natural and safe alternatives but they are more expensive than ingredients such as Vaseline.

It all comes down to cost as well as the fact that so many of our personal products can be sold with ingredients in them that are suspect to our health and the FDA is not even required to test these products to establish their safety, or even that they work. Here in the US the anti aging and skin care industry know this very well and are prepared to put ingredients in their products with possible health outcomes because they can, and because they are cheap.

There is nothing stopping the big name anti-aging companies from using effective and safe natural ingredients, however these ingredients are more expensive and if they raised the price of their products, thereby reducing sales, they would suffer a reduction in profits.

However this offers an opportunity to some small companies to venture into the market and gain a toehold in an extremely competitive market by manufacturing products using high quality ingredients that are safe and effective. However the reality is that if these companies who spend much more on product quality then the big companies were to compete with the big companies on marketing budget and in particular on television advertising they would have to price their products so high that virtually no one would buy them.

So they compete differently. They don’t advertise because their money goes into product quality rather than advertising. They rely on slow organic growth of a loyal customer base which over time will grow the business to the point where word-of-mouth will start to increase sales dramatically. Happy customers keep buying the products and tell their friends, but it’s a slow path compared to saturation television advertising.

One of these in particular make what we consider to be the worlds best antiaging products, and very few people have ever heard of them because they don’t advertise.

The best anti aging products, which are far more effective than the big brand names, do not contain any chemical ingredients such as petrolatum. Rather they contain natural ingredients like oils from plants and fruits and seaweed. These are all much more expensive but are safe and highly effective at producing optimum skin health.

Hopefully, if you read our website regularly, you’ll start to learn more about the ingredients to avoid in your skin care products such as antiaging moisturizers and anti aging creams and the ingredients that are safe and effective, such as Cynergy TK, that are found only in the best anti aging products you can buy.

What is the precautionary principle and why are the best anti aging products paraben free?

It’s a bit of a controversy. Parabens in anti aging products and cosmetics. Parabens are found in a wide range of cosmetics and anti aging products such as moisturizers, so if you’re looking for the best anti aging moisturizer, should you avoid parabens and search for paraben free alternatives?

If you’re new to the debate about parabens here’s the rub. They are a class of chemical that are used in many products, including some foods, cosmetics and skin care products such as anti aging creams and moisturizers and some consider them to be dangerous.

They work very efficiently as preservatives however there is a raging debate about their safety.

As we said parabens are a class of chemical, there is actually quite a few that are used in these products. If you see these names or similar names listed on the label of any of your personal products then they are parabens. Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Propylparaben are just some of the more commonly used parabens in our personal products.

The big question is are they safe for people to use? It is well known that once a product containing one of the parabens commonly used is applied to the skin then that particular chemical is absorbed through the skin very fast and can be detected in the blood stream within a relatively short period of time, hours in fact. They don’t just remain on the surface of the skin, they penetrate your body and are found in your blood.

(But not all skin care products contain parabens!!!)
paraben free anti aging products

One of the major reasons that they are found in so many personal products is that they are extremely cheap. There are other preservatives available which are effective as preservatives but are much more expensive, in many cases these more expensive alternatives are safe to use but are not used because of the price.

So where does the controversy come from? Why is it that so many people searching for the best anti aging products avoid any skin care products that have parabens listed on the label? It’s because there are serious concerns over the safety of parabens in our anti aging and skin care products and cosmetics. Whilst there is no clear proof one way or the other about whether these chemicals are safe to use there is certainly some questions raised.

For example there are studies that link parabens to breast cancer.

One such study found parabens in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tissue samples tested. Whilst of course this doesn’t actually prove that these chemicals cause breast cancer it is certainly something that causes you to sit up and take notice.

Secondly it is also generally accepted that parabens can mimic the actions of the female hormone called estrogen. This too has not been fully proven to be dangerous however is also worrying.

If you visit the Cosmetic Safety Database you will see that Butyl Paraben, for example, is linked, according to them, to cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption and biochemical and cellular level changes.

Of course being linked to these things doesn’t actually prove the the link, it just means that there are links, such as the study that found parabens in 18 our of 20 breast cancer samples.

There is something called the precautionary principle. This basically says that, in situations like these, where there is a risk to public health, there should be a presumption that the risk exists and those seeking to use the chemicals should prove that there is no risk before the chemical is used, rather than those who are at risk being forced to disprove the risk before use of the chemical is discontinued.

There are many calls for the discontinuance of parabens in all our personal products until they are proven to be safe. If they are continued to be used until proven unsafe it may be too late for some.

If you’re looking for the best anti aging products or other anti aging creams and products the decision about whether or not they should contain parabens is yours. There is no clear proof either way, however we personally prefer to avoid anything that is linked to health risks until it is clearly proven safe. Paraben free anti aging products, including the best anti aging products in the world, don’t have any risks of chemical preservatives because those chemical preservatives aren’t used at all.

The best anti aging products are all paraben free and also free from a wide range of other chemical and petrochemical ingredients, many of which are commonly found in so many of our personal products such as cosmetics and skin care products.

The company that makes the worlds best anti aging products has a total philosophy about the use of chemicals in it’s products. It refuses to use any chemical ingredients that have question marks over their safety and formulates products using natural ingredients that are known to be safe and are actually more effective than the chemical alternatives as well.

This company told it’s researchers to formulate its anti aging products using ingredients that were all known to be safe enough to eat. This is a total philosophy about product safety and they have the same commitment to product quality.

It’s not easy to find top quality paraben free skin care products but the best anti wrinkle creams and anti wrinkle moisturizers are paraben free. It’s up to the consumer to decide whether or not this is important to them.

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