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Ingredients to avoid: our products never contain these ingredients: Highlighted in red are ingredients found even in so called "Natural skin care" (even expensive ones). Chemicals are not just bad for your skin but they destroy your complexion and cause you to look years older.

Argireline: where botox injections target specific muscles, argireline targets the entire face. this may actually increase facial sag because the neurotransmitters this drug inhibits are what maintain facial firmness.

Aluminum ingredients: a metal, can lead to Alzheimer's, breast cancer & lung disease ammonium ingredients: a toxic carcinogenic chemical that can cause irritation to nose, eyes & lungs.
Benzyl peroxide: chemical bleaching agent used in acne treatments, bar soap, facial cleansers, hair dyes & food additives; highly toxic & irritating to the skin.
Bha & bht: carcinogenic preservatives that encourage the breakdown of vitamins such as vitamin d, can cause lipid & cholesterol levels to increase, endocrine disrupter.
Bismuth oxychloride: a synthetically prepared crystalline powder used in cosmetics as a filler, & to bind other ingredients. the powder has to be forced into the pores, resulting in clogged pores or irritated skin.
Bone black (d&c black #3): the fda determined that the color additive used in face powder, eye shadow & mascara safe despite noted low levels of potentially carcinogenic impurities present.
Barboxymethyl cellulose (cellulose gum): used in cosmetics as a thickening agent, carcinogenic, inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.
Coal tar & lake dyes: look for cade tar or pine tar instead, low-level exposure is linked to cancer, allergic reactions, nausea, fatigue & skin problems.
Colorants (fd&c & other coal tar dyes): carcinogens, topical irritants, may cause acne & skin irritations, may contain aluminums, have caused tumors in rats, low-level exposure is linked to cancer.
Cocamidopropyl betaine: contains a significant petroleum component & can cause serious irritation & allergenic response.
DEA ingredients (all ingredients with dea after the first word): chemical used as a thickening agent in cosmetics, highly toxic to the skin, immune & respiratory systems.
Carcinogenic dimethicone (& other methicone ingredients): silicone emollient used in cosmetics which coats the skin & does not allow toxins out, may promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes.
Dioxin: powerful hormone disrupting chemical linked to cancer, nervous system disorders, miscarriages & birth deformity. stored in fat cells. contained in sulfates that provide foaming action.
DMAE-dimethylaminoethanol: marketed as "face lift in a bottle," however, what it does is temporarily paralyze the small muscles of the face, making it seem like wrinkles are less visible. no long term results of application are yet known.
Emulsifying waxes (& the "fatty acids")could be vegetable or petroleum based, combination of cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, PEG-150 stearate, & steareth-20, could cause endocrine disruption, developmental/reproductive toxicity & skin irritation.
Formaldehyde: highly toxic gas, suspected carcinogen & neurotoxin; may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, or inhaled.
Fragrance: highly allergenic. contains large quantities of toxins & chemicals not disclosed. fragrance-free means that fragrance chemicals have been added to the product to mask the natural aromas of the ingredients.
Polysorbate 20: Polysorbate-20 is fragrance component, a surfactant, an emulsifying agent, and a solubilizing agent.
Glycerin: look for vegetable glycerin.glycerin without the vegetable qualifier usually means petrochemical.
Glycerol stearate: fatty acid primarily derived from animal fat & used as an emollient; linked to the creation of free radicals & prostaglandin inhibitors; can be a skin irritant.
Carcinogenic, & comedogenic GMO/genetically modified organism: when animals are force-fed GMOs, they developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. due to lack of testing but almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products!
Grapefruit seed extract: synthetic preservatives triclosan, methylparaben & benzethonium chloride are usually added to preserve, however, companies do not have to list this ingredient since it is contained within the extract.
Hexane: very toxic solvent used to extract essential oils & botanicals hydroabietyl alcohol: found in styling gel/lotions. unsafe for use in cosmetics according to the fragrance industry's International Fragrance Association.
Hydroquinone: toxic, irritant, banned in europe, can cause hyper-pigmentation, skin bleacher imidazalidol urea: strong irritant, releases formaldehyde, toxic.
Lanolin: while lanolin itself is skin beneficial, it may contain carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, lindane, dieldrin and other neurotoxins. can cause rashes. found in body products.
Laureth family (ingredients with laureth, laurate or lauryl extensions): carcinogenic, skin irritants, may be contaminated with large amounts of toxins in manufacturing process, contains ammonium salts, mutagen, acne.
Producing matrixyl: is a new polypeptide. it is said that matrixyl is at least as effective against wrinkles as retinol. it is said to work by "relaxing facial tension", similarly to botox. we feel that repeatedly paralyzing the muscles can only sap their inherent strength.
MEA: Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide DEA,Oleamide DEA NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine): forms when DEA reacts with nitrosating agents or the actual addition of nitrite as a preservative. as there is no way to determine if NDEA has been formed, it is imperative to avoid all products containing DEA as it is a known carcinogen. often used in cosmetics to adjust the ph, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser.
Methylisothiazolinone: antimicrobial agent inhibits the development of particular neuron structures that are essential for transmitting signals between cells. damaging to a developing nervous system.
Octyl stearate: fatty acid used as an emulsifier known to have neurological side effects, organ system toxicity, skin irritant, acne producing, contact dermatitis & allergic reactions.
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid): sunscreen ingredient that may cause formation of nitrosamines (highly carcinogenic chemicals), produces free radicals on the skin, causes cellular mutations & is a hormone distruptor.
Parabens: petrochemicals that are estrogenic, carcinogenic & allergenic paraffin wax: made from petroleum, also known as mineral oil wax, interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, slows down skin function and cell development, possible carcinogen.
PEG ingredients (polyethylene glycol): potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin's natural moisture factor; can promote acne & contact dermatitis.
Petroleum (petrolatum, mineral oils, vaseline): acne producing, may be carcinogenic, causes long term dry skin, respiratory toxin phenonip: preservative blend of phenoxyethanol, methylparben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben & isobutylparaben.
Phenoxyethanol: synthetic ether alcohol preservative. can cause contactdermatitis.
Phthalates such as dibutyl phthalate (dbp): inconvenient, squeezable plastics & dangerous when heated. reproductive toxins, birth defects of the male reproductive system, carcinogens, mutation agents, stored in fat cells.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride): a common plastic used in children's toys & cosmetic packaging, releases dioxins, may cause cancer & affect immune and reproductive systems.
Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60: a highly toxic preservative that releases formaldehyde, causes skin rashes & allergic reactions; carcinogenic stearic (acids, als, & others): fatty acid used as an emulsifier and emollient that is primarily derived from animal fat, can be a skin irritant, carcinogenic, & comedogenic synthetic elastin: suffocates skin by not allowing moisture in or out. found in facial creams and body lotions.
Sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate a preservative that irritates the skin, a possible cancer agent talc powder a mineral that can contain asbestos, should not be used on babies, linked to ovarian cancer, respiratory toxin & carcinogenic when inhaled .
Tea ingredients (not tea, but rather ingredients with tea in front): severe irritants, can contain ammonium salts, eye irritant, sensitizer, carcinogenic.
Triclosan: found in a lot of antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, it can react with chlorine in the tap water to create chloroform. this is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer. if you breathe enough chloroform, you will die. when you wash your hands with antibacterial soap that contains triclosan, you are getting the fumes emitted from this chemical reaction.