Every day we see more and more “all-natural skincare lines”. What you don’t know is many of these companies advertise themselves as all natural but rarely actually are because they know most of their customers won’t/ can’t read skincare ingredient labels. SO they can advertise themselves as all-natural and they don’t use PEG’s, sulfates, parabens, or sulfates and just use a different name for those products on their ingredient list.
I know what you’re thinking. What about the FDA? Yes, the Food and Drugs Administration does regulate the cosmetic industry. The FDA makes sure that all products are properly labeled and do not contain ingredients that are known to be harmful, like cyanide. The FDA makes sure none of the cosmetics you buy over the shelf contains things that will 100% kill you. But, the FDA has not defined the term “natural” leaving a lot of wiggle room for companies that want to mislead their audiences about their products.
Poly-ethylene glycol. Probably one of the most misunderstood and hated skincare ingredients out there right now. I don’t know when the bandwagon started to hate PEGs but it picked up steam quickly and skincare companies all fell in line. A PEG is basically a carbon chain with a hydroxyl group on the end. Esterification. Probably the best thing that happened to organic chemistry. The problem is PEGs are extraordinary and moisturizing your skin and allowing products to penetrate further and they are incredibly inexpensive. Customers hated it so naturally, PEG’s had to go. Guess what skincare companies decided to do? You guessed it still uses PEGs but calls it something else. One of the most common PEGs that you will see IN EVERY SINGLE SKINCARE PRODUCT is Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride which is also known as PEG-6. It is basically the esterification of coconut oil. SURPRISE! All your favorite Skincare lines that love to advertise as not using PEGs are still using PEGS. Don’t believe me. Literally, go into your bathroom and look at ANY product. Literally ANy product. PEGs are amazing for your skin and inexpensive. No one was going to get rid of them and it is a complete wiggle around the FDA. So yes you can write “No PEGs” on your packaging then use Caprylic/ Capric Triglycerides because it is not specifically labeled as a PEg and the FDA will do nothing about it. A lot of people are worried about COVID-19 vaccines but the FDA has so many loopholes when it comes to everyday products which can be far more dangerous than an mRNA vaccine.
Baking Soda is known as a great filler ingredient. In small amounts, it can help balance the pH of acidic products (so they won’t burn your face off) and can be beneficial to your skin. In large doses, however, baking soda is a big no-no. Over a short period of time baking soda can be seen as a great ingredient for your skin but over time it can wreak havoc. Especially if you have sensitive skin over time large amounts of baking soda will strip your skin and destroy the natural pH of your skin. This is why you should never put baking soda on your face. What a lot of companies today do is they use baking soda in their products because it is cheap and an effective quick fix and use its INCI name on their packaging “Sodium Bicarbonate”. Since a lot of people don’t know that companies have to write the INCI name on the packaging they can easily write No Baking Soda even though their product has more than 1% baking soda.
Read labels and do your research
It is imperative for you to do your research and read the labels of your products! There are a lot of loopholes when it comes to FDA guidelines and it is important for you to know what you are putting on your skin!