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- The Cosmetics Rules
- Apricot kernel oil
- Peach kernel oil
By Jennifer Young
There is a strong link between some cosemetic ingredients and breast cancer as well as short-term health effects, like eczema, dermatitis, skin-reddening and soreness. Selecting products with beneficial natural oils can help your skin to stay healthy as well as regain its appearance after suffering the effects of illness and treatments.
Beneficial Ingredients, also known as the ‘Cosmetics Rules’
‘Hypoallergenic, anti-aging, suitable for sensitive skin’….the list of benefits designed to impress is endless but how do you find out about the ingredients that could be of benefit? It’s a long story and it starts with the ingredients list.
If you can’t read the ingredients list – don’t use the product.
All products should have an ingredients list, either on the product itself or on the box or wrapper. This is often hard to understand, as EU Cosmetic Safety Regulations require the listing to be in Latin. Many reputable natural cosmetic companies will provide a translation (in brackets) next to the ingredients, for example Persea gratissima (Avocado Oil). If a translation is not provided you have some research to do. Often the Latin will be used to disguise some less than natural ingredients. Liquid paraffin is an often-used, cheap, but not-so-nice, ingredient. It will be listed as Liquidium parafinium.
Don’t have faith in marketing words
‘Hypoallergenic’ is a word created by marketing experts (see Rule 3). Everyone has different skin and different sensitivities. There are not, to the best of my knowledge any ingredients that are guaranteed not to cause a reaction.
Ingredients labels are listed with the greatest ingredient first, if a product is called ‘Organic Lavender Body Oil’ and the ingredients are ‘Liquid parafinium, Lavandula Angustifolia’ it means that the oil has more Liquid paraffin than lavender. The product is likely to contain 1% (or less) organic Lavender.
All natural ingredients are equal but some are more equal than others
By now you are sure to have read about the lack of plant oestrogens in our Defiant Beauty Collections. The nurses that we worked with to develop our products, had a very strict rule and, as a result, oestrogens are not allowed. The nurses advise the patients on their ward not to use skincare and cosmetics that include natural oestrogens.
We love our natural ingredients and whilst we would always choose natural and organic for those going through treatment (and we do), some oestrogenic ingredients might not be great for you. If you see the words Persea gratissima on an ingredients list, you may wish to choose a different product. (Did you pass the Latin test??) The Defiant Beauty video summarises how we developed the skincare range.
Not all natural ingredients are good for you. I am often asked to provide a definitive list. Sadly, this isit’s not possible. Research regularly uncovers more hormone disrupting ingredients and compounds - I can’t be sure that any list would be up to date. Whenever faced with a new ingredient, I do the research. I can only suggest that you do the same (sorry).
Patch test ingredients or products
OK, so I know that this isn’t easy – most skincare manufacturers do not allow you the opportunity to patch test the ingredients. If it can’t be done, patch test the finished product. You may not learn more about the specific ingredients that cause a reaction but you will know whether or not you can tolerate the product. Jennifer Young consultations allow you to patch test individual natural oils, we recommend attending one if you have particularly sensitive skin.
If there are more than a handful of ingredients – don’t use the product
Your skin is very sensitive and reactive. It will be difficult for you to identify the exact ingredients that may cause a reaction and you may develop sensitivity with prolonged use.
It is important to identify the ingredients that cause a reaction. The fewer ingredients in any product, the easier your task will be.
What am I doing? Didn’t I promise beneficial ingredients? It is so easy to tell you what not to do and what not to use but you came here looking for beneficial ingredients, didn’t you??
Ok, so you may have picked up that it is not so easy…. you are unique and so ‘one rule for all’ is tricky BUT if I had to choose ingredients that were less likely than others to cause a reaction, I would choose (drum roll please)
- Apricot kernel oil
- Peach kernel oil
Although I do know someone who has a severe allergic reaction if he enters a room that contains a peach, so maybe peach is out?
Shall we just revert to, you are unique, your response to your treatment will be unique; there is every chance that your reaction to ingredients will be unique. We do our best and, at the time of writing, have never had a report of a reaction but we are very transparent and I want you to know that there can’t be promises, only a money back guarantee (no questions asked).