The next time someone tries to sell you some miracle product, ask about the ingredients and research them if you don’t know what they are or what their benefits are. Stay away from the sites that say things like “well you can use that to wax your car”. Guess what? Carnauba wax can be used to wax your car real nice even though it’s also a plant wax and perfectly fine for the skin.
Look for a company that uses as many natural ingredients as possible. Contrary to some people might say, you don’t need 100% natural, all the time. Using a “quality” high percent natural product is good as well. After all, some synthetic ingredients such as responsibly-chosen preservatives are a necessary evil in many cases and add the shelf life we need to protect us from harmful molds, fungi and bacteria (we suggest staying away from the controversial parabens and formaldehyde releasers).
Most preservatives are used at less than 1% in many cases and if the rest of the product is pretty natural then that is a good thing. Also beware of companies touting “all natural” lotions and creams with a shelf life of more than a few weeks left in the fridge. Grapefruit seed extract is most often adulterated with harmful synthetic preservatives and should be avoided. If it is working, then chances are it contains one of the synthetic preservatives mentioned in the article.
Also, beware of products containing lots of “extracts” as many of these also contain synthetic preservatives that are not listed on the label. The nasty tricks people play. We tell our customers that if it contains a liquid such as water, milk, aloe vera, carrot juice, etc. then it MUST contain a preservative if it is to have a shelf life of any kind. If “so called” natural preservatives worked that well don’t you think EVERYONE would be using them?
Beware of any company claiming vitamin E as their preservative. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and not a true preservative to inhibit mold and bacteria. You run the risk of either contracting an infection from a poorly preserved product or there is an unknown preservative in it and the company is not disclosing it on the label. Dishonest to say the least and what else might be lurking in their product.
Stay tuned for more updates on how to protect yourself from harmful ingredients found in cosmetics and skin care products.