Thursday, March 15, 2007

read before you use

this is what neutrogena says about its healthy skin face lotion spf15 product:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Face Lotion SPF 15 is a daily, multi-vitamin facial treatment that improves the texture and appearance of skin. Its dermatologist-recommended formula contains Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. It eases away the appearance of fine lines, blotches and discolorations for a more vibrant, even-toned complexion. Anti-oxidant Vitamins C and E help fight environmental damage. Pro-Vitamin B5 moisturizes, softens and smoothes skin. SPF 15 sun protection helps prevent premature signs of aging. In just two weeks, skin is softer and smoother with improved radiance and clarity.
• Allergy tested
• Oil-free
• Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
• Non-greasy
• 2.5 fl. oz. pump bottle
• Available in Night, SPF 15 and Sensitive Skin formulas

this is what wired says about "what's inside":

HYDROXYACETIC ACID Marketers prefer the less-scary-sounding "alpha-hydroxy." It’s a corrosive acid that breaks apart the outer layer of skin, spurring new cell growth. While it may make you look younger, it can also make skin twice as vulner­able to sun damage — good thing Neutrogena adds SPF 15 sunscreen. When hydroxyacetic acid is not melting faces worldwide, it can be found in bathroom tile scum removers, where it dissolves minerals left behind in your shower.
BENZOIC ACID A derivative of toluene and oxygen, benzoic acid is a preservative commonly used to keep soda or fruit juice from getting moldy. In lotion, it functions as an antimicrobial.
BENZOPHENONE Rub this flower-scented lotion on your skin or stick your face in a diesel's tailpipe, where benzophenone is present in the exhaust. Either way, you get a nice sunscreen. If swallowed or inhaled, though, the substance may disrupt hormones and mess with your brain. Scientists — and probably industry lawyers — recommend against using it on kids.
PANTHENOL This is the alcohol variant of pantothenic acid, aka vitamin B5. In a living cell, it becomes a component of coenzyme A, which helps repair the skin's plasma membranes. Attention Chernobyl-area residents: It also protects against gamma radiation from nuclear fallout.
RETINYL PALMITATE Nonchemists call this vitamin A, which benefits bone growth and night vision when it’s ingested. Here it fights acne and other skin disorders.
ASCORBIC ACID POLYPEPTIDE You know it as vitamin C. In lab tests, ascorbic acid generated an eightfold increase in the production of collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals (highly reactive molecules that can damage the skin's surface).
OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE Another sunscreen ingredient, this compound absorbs light in the 280- to 320-nanometer range, the ultraviolet-B part of the spectrum. This type of blocker is a fairly recent addition to lotions — the ozone layer used to stop UVB rays.
XANTHAN GUM This natural additive gets around more than Paris Hilton. It provides a smooth, pillowy texture in just about everything — from toothpaste and ice cream to rust dissolver. — Patrick Di Justo


Anonymous said...

hi, i don't understand why you posted this? does this mean keep away from neutrogena products in particular? or just to generally say that cosmetic ingredients are hazardous in their raw form?

Anonymous said...

yeah, i have the same question...are neutrogena products that bad?

the fash pack said...

nowhere does it say that the ingredients or the product is bad for you. the fact is all beauty products use the same chemicals, unless the label indicates that it is "green" or "all-natural" or "organic" or "synthetic-free". this is all just for your information, folks.