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Spa Heroes is on a mission to transform everyone into an ingredient superhero with our free pocket guide. In it, we bring to light the most sought-after Superpower Ingredients and threatening Villain Ingredients. Because the FDA does not regulate toxic skincare ingredients, it can be a never ending research project to really know that your products are safe.  Therefore, it is up to you to select safe beauty products.

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Use it as a cheat sheet when you are shopping skin care and beauty for products. Inspect the products you already own. There is no shame in returning or throwing away products that contain Villain Ingredients. It’s heroic!  Ingredient information is always evolving as more research becomes available. Therefore, we continually update our pocket guide to reflect the latest developments in toxic skincare ingredients. Our Hero Products will never contain Villain ingredients.

Learn more about healthy and toxic skincare ingredients on our blog.

superpower ingredients

Superpowers rescue your skin with benefits such as:

Anti-inflammatoryAnti-inflammatory
Anti-oxidantAnti-oxidant
Boosts cell turnoverBoosts cell turnover
Line smoothingLine smoothing
Super HydratingSuper Hydrating
UV ProtectionUV Protection

villain ingredients

Villains are menacing with concerns such as:

Birth defectsBirth defects
CancerCancer
InfertilityInfertility
ImmunotoxicityImmunotoxicity
NeurotoxicityNeurotoxicity
Severe skin allergiesSevere skin allergies

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superpowers

Superpowers rescue our skin with benefits such as:

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating
Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Line smoothing
Line smoothing
UV Protection
UV Protection

Alpha Lipoic Acid (Valeric Acid)

Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
Line smoothing
Line smoothing

Algae/Kelp Extract (Fucus Vesiculosus, Laminaria Digitata/Ochroleuca)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover

Argan Kernel Oil (Argania Spinosa)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory

Arnica (Arnica Montana)

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory

Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
Line smoothing
Line smoothing

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory

Coconut Oil (Cocus Nucifera)

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory

Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinesis)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover

Honey (Propolis, Propolis Extract)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating

Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronan, Sodium Hyaluronate)

Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating

Carrot Seed Extract (Daucus Carota Sativa)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
UV Protection
UV Protection

Peptides (Palmitoyl Oligo-, Poly-, Tetra-, Di-, Tri-, Penta-, Hexa-, Octa- peptide)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Line smoothing
Line smoothing

Reishi Mushroom Extract (Ganoderma Lucidum)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
Line smoothing
Line smoothing

Rose Oil (Rose Damascena)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating

Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippohae Rhamnoides)

Super Hydrating
Super Hydrating
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory
Line smoothing
Line smoothing

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid)

Anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidant
Boosts cell turnover
Boosts cell turnover
UV Protection
UV Protection

villains

Villains are menacing toxic skincare ingredients with concerns such as:

Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Infertility
Infertility
Cancer
Cancer
Immunotoxicity
Immunotoxicity
Neurotoxicity
Neurotoxicity

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA, Antioxyne B, Antrancine 12, Embanox, Niantiox 1-F, Protex, Sustane 1-F,
Tert-butyl-4-methoxyphenol)

Cancer
Cancer
Immunotoxicity
Immunotoxicity

Ceteareth / Polyethylene Glycols (PEG’s)

Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Infertility
Infertility

Diazolidinyl Urea (Dioxoimidazolidin, Hydroxymethyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea)

Cancer
Cancer
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Dibutyl Phthalate (Phthalates) (DBP/Diethyl Phthalate)

Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Infertility
Infertility

DMDM Hydantoin (Dimethylhdantoin, Dimethylimidazolidine, Dihydrohymethyl)

Cancer
Cancer
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Fragrance (Parfum)

UNLESS VERIFIED AS 100% NATURAL, THIS TERM CAN MASK ANY COMBINATION OF CHEMICALS WITH UNKNOWN DANGERS

Hydroquinone (Resorcinol)

Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Infertility
Infertility

Methylisothiazolinone (Methylchloroisothiazolinone)

Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity
Neurotoxicity
Neurotoxicity

Oxybenzone (Benzophenone, Phenylmethanone, Methoxybenzone, Hydroxybenzophenone, Advastab 45, Anuvex B3)

Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Parabens (Methyl / Propyl / Butyl / Ethyl / Paraben)

Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Propylene Glycol (1,2-Dihydroxypropane, Methylethylene Glycol, 1,2-Propanediol)

Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity
Neurotoxicity
Neurotoxicity

Quaternium-15 (Azoniaadamantane Chloride, Chloroallyl Methenamine Chloride, Hexanium Chloride,
Methenamine 3-Chloroallylochloride)

Cancer
Cancer
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Retinyl Palmitate (Retinol, Hexadecanoate, Axerophthol Palmitate, Hexadecanoate Retinol, Vitamin A Palmitate,
Optovit-A)

Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Cancer
Cancer
Infertility
Infertility

Toluene (Methylbenzene, Tolulol, Methacide, Antisal 1A)

Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption
Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

Triclosan/Triclocarban (Hydroxydiphenyl Ether, 2,4-Dichlorophenoxy)

Hormone Disruption
Hormone Disruption

Triethanolamine (TEA, Nitrilotriethanol, Trolamine, Sterolamide, Alkanolamine 244)

Immunoxicity
Immunoxicity

The FDA does not regulate toxic skincare ingredients. It is up to you to save the day and select safe products.

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