Monday, January 27, 2014

Making beauty safer

Once I got a gift certificate for a facial--the aesthetician put so many creams and potions on me I lost count, then went over me with a crackling light wand of some sort.

On the way out, in the waiting room, my face suddenly blew up to the size of a watermelon and I lunged for the Ladies and washed and washed. Caught it in time!

David Pollock is a beauty chemist and founder of He campaigns for beauty safety.

In 2013, he says, Walmart phased 10 toxic chemicals from products sold in its stores. A start--but there are  many still allowed to be sold.

Target ranks products according to ingredient safety and environmental impact.

Johnson & Johnson removed from biggies--formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan, and phthatlates--from all baby products.

Procter & Gamble (Oil of Olay, Clairol, DDF, Max Factor, and Pantene) eliminated triclosan and DEP.

The FDA is also rethinking its stand on triclosan, an anti-bacterial.

Science is also developing high performance ingredients for personal care. Arbutin, a natural skin tightener, is an example--it out performs Hydroquinone, which i used in the US despite safety concerns, but is banned in Asia and the European Union.

Coming: More oil-free oils--yes, that's what I said. These mimic the skin's lipid layer. Squalene is one.

And some substances are crossing from prescription to Over-the-Counter. Hyaluronic Acid is one.

Also keep an eye out for electronically-charged bio-minerals.

I still use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask--have you ever tried it? Old school, baby.

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