Though we barely want to mention these words on the maxandjane.com website, we feel that people need to know how to read product labels on skin care products, and be able to avoid the ingredients that we wouldn’t use ourselves, purchase for our loved ones, or include in the line of maxandjane skin care products.
Our skin absorbs product to varying degrees, depending on many factors, such as particle sizes, Ph, temperature, hormones, environment and even diet and genetics. Though amounts of unhealthy products in some skin care lines may seem minute, they add to our total risk in a fairly polluted and stressful world. Here are the basic products to identify and avoid on skin care labels. Remember, these ingredients are not included in maxandjane products.
Phalates: Phalates are hormone disrupters that interfere with normal brain function. They can be absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. They are used in cosmetics as a solvent and they can actually alter brain function, making you think a synthetic fragrance smells great. They also block male hormones so it’s not so good to hug or kiss the men and boys in your world if your skin care products contain phalates. It’s pretty terrible what phalates do to young boys. Unfortunately these plasticizers are also found in many children’s toys. Most Americans tested have metabolites of phalates in their urine.
Parabens: Parabens are the most widely used preservative in America. They act as hormone disrupters also, mimicking estrogen in the body. They show up in breast cancer tissue samples. On labels, they include: methyl paraben, propyl paraben, ethyl paraben, heptyl paraben and more. You want products without these preservatives!
Sulfates: These are detergents that make products foam and bubble. They are surfactants which are used to make oil and water soluble nutrients mix, but can cause anything from mild skin irritation to cancer in animals. The FDA recommends removal of the cancer causing compound of sulfates (I ,4-Dioxane) but it is not required by law yet. These sulfates include: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate etc. They are in many, many skin and hair care products, and in our opinion, are best to be avoided.
Petroleum Products: (including paraffin) Petroleum products are a common base in skin care products. They are used as a moisture barrier, and to carry oils. They are such an effective moisture barrier, that they stop moisture in the air from hydrating your skin, and they trap toxins in your skin that your body should have been able to sweat out. This seriously adds to the potential for break outs, as these products are blocking your pores. The World Health Organization has classified paraben as a toxin. Watch for petrolatum on labels.
Propylene glycol is a petroleum based product which is made from petroleum or natural gas, and is very inexpensive as an ingredient used for stabilization, as an emulsifier, and as a solvent. It seals your skin, but also enhances penetration, so it does penetrate your skin and reaches your bloodstream. The Material Safety Data Sheet on propylene glycol states that it is a strong skin irritant, can inhibit skin cell growth, damage skin membranes, and cause rashes, dry skin, and surface damage. Large amounts are listed as causing liver and kidney damage.
Synthetic Dyes: Synthetic dyes are linked to hyperactivity in children, and are known to cause cancer in animals. They will be labelled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. The lower numbers are known to be cancer causing agents, so the government is phasing these agents out as safer products become available in the industry. Europe bans them altogether in food and skin products, prohibiting the use of 110 cosmetic ingredients, where the US still bans only 10.
maxandjane beleive in keeping skin cells healthy, rich in nutrients, and free from toxins. So we do not include; gluten, phalates, parabens, synthetic dyes, propylene glycol, sulfates, mineral oils or petroleum based products, or GMOs. We like to keep it real, trusting the wholeness of nature. In our opinion, a few simple products can truly accomplish what your skin needs. This includes protecting the acid mantle, maintaining timely cell death and renewal, adding Skin Identical moisture, vitamins, and lipids, keeping the Ph balanced, and protecting your skin from free radical damage.