August 31, 2022
SkinLabo products fall into a broad category of beauty products called Clean Beauty, a term about which there is still much confusion today.
What does it mean?
The term Clean Beauty refers to non-toxic beauty products. In this article, we will try to give you the tools you need to avoid being confused by the thousands of misleading interpretations of it , to give you a better understanding of our DNA, and most importantly, to introduce you to our BlackList of ingredients: in fact, we firmly believe that what we exclude from formulations is as important as what we include.
For SkinLabo Clean Beauty means first and foremost products created without ingredients suspected of being harmful to human health, such as disrupting hormones, causing cancer, and irritating the skin. It also means not using ingredients that are harmful to the environment and its ecosystems.
Moreover, for us "Clean" also means following a "Less is better" approach.
That is why our formulators always aim to develop formulations that have nothing more than what guarantees the best performance. Every ingredient in our formulas has a functional purpose.
You should know that every brand that markets its products on the European market must comply with the EU Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009, the most comprehensive and stringent cosmetic product safety regulation on the planet.
The regulation bans the use of more than 1,300 ingredients. Do you know how many are banned by the US FDA? Only 11.
At SkinLabo, we are committed to a health and safety standard that goes far beyond what is required by law: in its skincare, in addition to the ingredients banned by the standard, SkinLabo has chosen to avoid certain ingredients even though they are allowed by regulation. Ingredients that we are not convinced of or for which there are already studies that might make them at least suspect.
WHICH INGREDIENTS ARE BLACKLISTED?
These types of substances are mainly used as detergent surfactants and emulsifiers. PEGs are suspected carcinogens and are difficult to biodegrade (they are common in: make-up, shampoos and conditioners).
→ What you need to watch out for: PEG, -ETH, -OXYNOL, CETEARETH-20; CETEARETH-12; PEG-20 STEARATE; PEG-20, METHYL GLUCOSE DISTEARATE; PEG-7 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL
A family of foaming agents that are suspected carcinogens and may be skin irritants (common in: shampoos, conditioners, body washes).
→ What to watch out for: SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM MYRETH SULFATE, SODIUM PARETH SULFATE
Often used for their sensory contribution, silicones pose no risk to human health. However, they are difficult to biodegrade and pollute the environment by ending up in wastewater.
→ What you need to watch out for: -ONE (E.g. DIMETHICONE), -SILOXANE, -CYCLOSILOXANE (CYCLOPENTASILOXANE)
They have broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal properties, and their excellent efficacy makes them the preservatives of choice. However, parabens are potential endocrine disruptors (suspected of disrupting the body's hormone balance).
→ What you need to watch out for: -PARABEN, -P- HYDROXYBENZOATE
Often used as emulsifying agents that give consistency to products or as cheap fillers. Non-biodegradable, have a negative impact on the environment and living organisms (common in: lotions, lipsticks, conditioners, exfoliants).
→ What to watch out for: words beginning with poly-
Widely used in the beauty industry (think kerosene) because they are very cheap, they are obtained from the distillation of petroleum and coal. They are not harmful per se, but become dangerous if not properly treated or filtered. They are also potential environmental pollutants (common in: moisturizers, face creams, body creams, eye creams, ointments, lotions).
→ What to watch out for: PARAFFIN, ISOPARAFFIN, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, PETROLATUM, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, HYDROGENATED MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, MINERAL OIL, CERESIN, OZOKERITE
Category of chemicals that allow fragrances to last longer. Believed to be potential endocrine disruptors (common in: synthetic perfumes, hairsprays, and any cosmetics containing synthetic fragrances).
→ What to watch out for:DBP (dibutyl phthalate), DINP (diisononyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate), DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate), DIDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
Antibacterial agent and preservative that could affect the thyroid gland and is toxic to aquatic organisms (commonly found in: face washes, body washes, liquid soap)
→ What to watch out for:5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol
A variety of strong preservatives that degrade to formaldehyde,considered toxic in certain percentagesand a skin irritant (common in: many bath and shower products).
→ What to watch out for: FORMALIN, FORMIC ALDEHYDE, ALDEHYDE METHYLICA, FORMOL, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPHENYL-1,3-DIOL,(BRONOPOL),DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, DMDM HYDANTOIN, QUATERNIUM-15, BENZYL HEMIFORMAL, METHENAMINE, SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE (SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE)
Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI), also known as isothiazolinones, are conditioning agents and preservatives, used to replace parabens, which are highly irritatingused at certain percentages potentially causing contact eczema, contact dermatitis, and skin allergies (common in: shampoo, conditioner, body washes).
→ What to watch out for: METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE (MCI) AND METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE (MI)
Surfactants and pH regulators used to create the foaming or emulsifying effect in detergents and cosmetics. They also generally promote skin sensitization and are dehydrating (common in: hair dyes, mascara, foundations, perfumes, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paints, pharmaceuticals).
→ What you need to watch out for: DEA, TEA, MEA
Aluminum hydrochloride is a group of specific aluminum salts that function as pigments, thickening agents, and antiperspirants. Suspected of increasing oxidative stress (common in: antiperspirants, lipsticks and toothpastes).
→ What to watch out for:Aluminium, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, Zirconium, Tetrachlorohydrex
BHA: preservative and synthetic fragrance. It is bioaccumulative in waterways and wildlife (common in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams and other personal care products).
BHT: chemical used in foods, cosmetics and industrial fluids. It prevents oxidation and the formation of free radicals. It is very toxic to aquatic life (Common in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams and other personal care products).
→ What to watch out for: ANTIOXYNE B; ANTRANCINE 12; EEC NO. E320; EMBANOX; NIPANTIOX 1-F; PROTEX; SUSTANE 1-F; TENOX; DBPC; ADVASTAB 401; AGIDOL; AGIDOL 1; ALKOFEN BP; ANTIOXIDANT 29; ANTIOXIDANT 30; ANTIOXIDANT 4; ANTIOXIDANT 4K; ANTIOXIDANT KB; ANTRANCINE
Stabilizes cosmetic formulas but pollutes aquatic environments.
→ What to watch out for: Disodium EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt), Trisodium EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid trisodium salt), Tetrasodium EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid tetrasodium salt)
Fragrances in beauty products are a sore subject that requires special attention. Ensuring transparency in this regard is of utmost importance, as many brands claiming to be "Clean" use this wording, protected by law as a trade secret, to hide many harmful ingredients, such as phthalates and other compounds, that they do not want to reveal.
The two main risks associated with fragrances are at the level of allergens: in fact, most natural fragrances cause allergic reactions.
The synthetic alternatives we choose rule out this risk, and the natural ones we use (e.g., menthol) are always certified as hypoallergenic. All of the synthetic fragrances we allow are nontoxic and proven to have no harmful effects.
WHY ARE ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS SO SCARY?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that have the ability to mimic the body's own hormones-they disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates our body's essential rhythms, and have been linked to serious long-term health damage, including reproductive problems, birth defects, metabolic problems, and cancer.
Here is a pocket-sized vademecum that you can use when choosing your beauty products.