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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Are you using these toxic substances on your skin?

Most skin care products are loaded with toxic ingredients that can cause everything from mild irritation to cancer! Here are the most common ones you could accidentally be slathering on your skin:

  • FD&C Colors -- Usually made from coal tar. They are often used in skin care products, and some are considered carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
  • Formaldehyde  toxic substance used in hair straightening products
  • Fragrance -- Can contain thousands of potentially toxic, ingredients! It is the most common cause of allergies and reactions to skin care products.
  • Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea. They're used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth (not fungi), but they're also a relatively common cause of contact dermatitis.
  • MEA, TEA -- They're common pH stabilizers, but when they're exposed to air, they form potentially irritating substances called nitrosamines. And they have a tendency to clog pores and create blackheads.
  • Mineral oil -- A petroleum derivative. Used as a base in some products, it may interfere with perspiration. Because it causes toxins to build up in the skin, it can accelerate the aging process.
  • Parabens -- Highly toxic preservatives used to extend product shelf life.
  • Petrolatum(petroleum jelly) -- The most familiar petroleum derivative. Prevents skin from being able to breath, traps toxins inside the skin's layers.
  • Phthalates -- Used in perfumes, nail polishes and shampoos to preserve scent and color, these disrupt the endocrine system and can even interfere with the development of male fetuses and infants. Choose products labeled "phthalate-free" or "DEHP-free."
  • Propylene glycol-- The main active ingredient in anti-freeze and brake fluid. It breaks down cell structure and has been linked to kidney damage as well as liver and brain problems.
  • Sodium laurel (or lauryl or laureth) sulfate -- An industrial detergent that strips skin of its moisture barrier and has been linked to eye damage -- among many other harmful things. It's common in shampoos and cleaners to create suds and is relatively safe, but longer contact time could cause irritation and dryness, because the detergent strips the skin of lipids. It is difficult to completely avoid it, especially if you use soap.
  • Talc (talcum powder) -- Shown to cause cancer in lab animals. It creates acute respiratory distress if inhaled and has been linked to ovarian cancer.
  • Toluene -- This chemical solvent the EPA designates as hazardous waste is found in fingernail polish. Toluene can cause headaches, irritated eyes, and memory loss. lists perfumes and cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals like toluene. They're not going to kill you, but if you don't feel well, it's worth experimenting to see if beauty products could be the source of your general blahness.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jojoba Oil

Best for: General dry skin

What it is: While technically a wax, jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil has a chemical structure that's very similar to our skin's natural oils, so it's easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Fabulous Eye Cream

Fabulous Eye Cream
  • .5 oz
  • Step 5
  • All Skin Types
  • Advanced formula nourishes the delicate eye area while minimizing fine lines.
  • * Vegan friendly
  • Benefits: Wrinkle Reducing, Nourishing, Firming
  • Recommended for: All skin types

MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream (All Skin Types) 0.5 fl oz (15 ml)

On  $29.75  $29.75
UPC 817291000356

Product Description

Advanced formula nourishes the delicate eye area while minimizing the look of fine lines. Revolutionary Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells inhibit collagen breakdown and are clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 15% after only 20 days of use. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture within the skin, smoothing and firming the eye area.


Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem (Edelweiss Plant) Stem Cell Culture – Exhibits anti-aging properties that include firming and reduction of fine lines, antioxidant activity. Edelweiss naturally contains anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective (ability to protect cells) properties. Has been clinically proven to reduce eye contour area wrinkle depth by 15% after only 20 days of treatment.

Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract – Antioxidant, improves collagen content, renews collagen related to weakened connective tissues, stimulates circulation and the oxygenation of skin tissues.

Sodium Hyaluronate (L) (Hyaluronic Acid) – Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that surges water deep into the skin, which improves skin pliability and plumping to relieve fine lines, maintains healthy hydration levels, and prevents transepidermal water loss.

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Stearic Acid (Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable), Glycerin (Plant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut), Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem (Edelweiss Plant) Stem Cell Culture, Sodium Hyaluronate (L)(Hyaluronic Acid), Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut), Cholesteryl Stearate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polysorbate 60 (Plant), Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Retinol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Phenyl-N-Butyl Nitrone (Spin Trap), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Citric Acid, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol Denatured (Grain)

MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Magnolia Fresh Eyes

Magnolia Fresh Eyes

  • .5 oz
  • Step 3
  • All Skin Types
  • A blend of Peptide and Plant Extracts diminish under eye shadows and puffiness while strengthening the eye area for a well-rested look.
  • * Vegan friendly
  • Benefits: Vegan friendly, gluten free
  • Recommended for: All skin types

MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Magnolia Fresh Eyes, All / Combination, Serum, Step 3, .5 fl oz (15 ml)

Product Description

A blend of peptides and plant extracts sheds light on even the darkest under-eye shadows and sends bags packing. Eyeseryl® Peptide strengthens weakened capillaries and supports the release of excess fluid responsible for dark circles and puffiness. Green Coffee stimulates and revives while Magnolia Leaf Extract helps strengthen and promote repair for a well-rested look.

Bioactive Ingredients of Interest

Bellis Perennis (Belides™) (Daisy) Flower Extract -
Brightening and vivifying extract that infuses the skin with various phytochemicals to keep skin healthy and free from malfunction. Excellent wound healer and indicated in the treatment of bruising and brightening of scar tissue.

Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 (EYESERYL®) -
Stimulates detoxification processes to eliminate excess fluid retention and blood stagnation, regulates peripheral bloodflow to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bruising, provides anti-inflammatory effects to reduce edema and stagnant blood flow, alleviates dark circles and puffiness in the eye area, provides decongesting action.

Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract -
Antioxidant, analgesic, anti-viral action, anti-dermatitis, and cancer prevention. Topical application of caffeine can decrease the thickness of subcutaneous fat.

Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Extract -
Antioxidant, UV protectant, prevents lipid peroxidation, reduces eye tissue by reducing swelling and strengthening weakened capillaries which produce dark circles.

Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Bellis Perennis (Belides™) (Daisy) Flower Extract, Caffeine (Green Coffee), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 (EYESERYL®), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Alcohol Denatured (Grain)*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Extract, Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Aloe)*, Chlorophyll (Plant), Phytic Acid (Rice), Potassium Sorbate. (*Certified Organic)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder

The first and only gentle powder to blend soothing minerals with MicroClear technology that cuts quickly through oil to speed the delivery of maximum-strength acne medicine straight to the source of breakouts. SkinClearing Mineral Powder works quickly to treat and help prevent breakouts blemishes without the dryness or flakiness of other acne treatments.
  • Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. 
  • Gentle, non-irritating. 
  • Dual-sided applicator gives the perfect level of coverage. 
  • MicroClear technology treats and helps prevent breakouts

Product Form: Pressed Powder
Beauty Purpose: Concealing, Skin Tone Improvement
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (0.5%, Acne Treatment)

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Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Nylon-12, Polysilicone-11, Petrolatum, Ethylene Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Calcium Silicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cetyl Lactate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Zinc Oxide.