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VILLAIN INGREDIENT CONCERN: CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS

When you think of sunscreen, it’s logical to assume that something that protects you from skin cancer would be safe to use, especially since the FDA regulates and considers sunscreen ingredients as drugs. But a closer look at the typical ingredients that go into sunscreen can reveal a slew of toxic villain ingredients with the …

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, listed on most skin care products as Aloe Barbadensis, is a superpower in plain sight. The clear gel harvested from the inner leaves of this desert succulent is widely loved and best known for its ability to treat minor burns and soothe sunburn-singed skin yet it is a potent anti-aging ingredient. Comprised of …

Carrot Seed Oil

Pressed from the tiny, dried seeds of the lacey white flower head of wild carrot, the wildflower commonly known as Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota), carrot seed oil is a powerful anti-aging skincare ingredient. Nearly 40% of this oil is made up of carotenoids, a bright orange pigment that is an antioxidant superstar. The outermost …

Villain Ingredient Concern: Birth Defects

Birth defects, such as pre-term birth, low birth weight and abnormal development, have been scientifically linked to a variety of ingredients that are widely used in cosmetics. Some do their damage when applied during conception and pregnancy but it is unknown how long they remain in the body, potentially affecting long-term personal health as well …

Rose Oil

WHAT IT IS Precious and exotic, rose oil in skincare is pressed from the blossoms of Bulgarian Rosa Damascena – or the slightly sweeter smelling Moroccan variety, ­Rosa Centifola. Rose oil and the hydrosol liquid released during the steam distillation process are among the most universally used skin-loving plant essences. WHY WE LOVE IT Rose …