The 50 Ingredient Red Flag List

The 50 Ingredient Red Flag List

by Wendy Ouriel

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There are a lot of ways to judge a skin care company for trustworthiness, and since you are putting their products on your face (which is then incorporated into your body) you should know exactly what these factors are. Otherwise you put your health at risk due to inferior and harmful ingredients.

 

The most obvious way to know if a company is out there to improve your skin, or out there to profit off of your fears by selling snake oil in sleek packaging, is to look at the ingredients. It is required in America, Canada, Europe and Asia that cosmetic manufacturers list their ingredients on the label, and therefore you should use this information as a tool to guide you to the right skin care companies.

 

It is also important to note that some companies will put acceptable ingredients in one product, and dangerous ones in another, and hence it is necessary to do your research on multiple products before pledging your loyalty and putting your trust into an entire product line.

 

I know that a company who is legitimately devoted to improving the health of their consumers would not put any ingredients that would do harm, regardless of how trendy they are or how luxurious they appear. My list of ingredients that are a red flag for the trustworthiness of skin care companies is below. If you see these ingredients in skin care products be wary because they either:

 

-Cause acne, contact dermatitis, or other skin disease (denoted as * on list)

-Inhibits skin’s natural barrier function and reparative abilities (denoted as ** on list)

-Create skin sensitivity and/or inflammation (denoted as ~ on list)

-Are trendy but have no real scientific backing towards anti-aging (denoted as + on list)

-Create skin dryness or increase skin oiliness (denoted as ^ on list)

-Add to the salability of the product without adding any utility to the product (make the product smell or look nice in the packaging or on the skin, but does not contribute to skin care) (denoted as # on list)


 

The Ingredient RED Flag List:

 

1.    Cayenne/Cayenne Pepper ~ +**

2.    Denatured alcohol/ ethanol/ ethyl acohol # ~ ^

3.    Essential oils/ Leaf oils and fragrance # ~ + ^ **

4.    Diamond powder and other physical exfoliants (scrubs, polishes, beads, etc.)  * ~ + ^ **

5.    Papain ~

6.    Gold ** ~+

7.    Albumin # +^

8.    Peppermint & mint * ~ + ^ #

9.    Aluminum sulfate ~

10. Linalool * ~ + ^

11. Eugenol * ~ + ^

12.  Salvia/Sage extract~ + ^ #

13.  Arnica extract ~**

14. Pepper/capsaicin/capsicum ~ ** ^

15. Silver/ colloidal silver * ** ~+

16. Cinnamon, cinnamyl, camphor, cinnamonium *~#

17.  Cedarwood # ~ + ^ **

18. Turpene # ~ + ^ **

19. Cardamom # ~ + ^ **

20. Ylang Ylang # ~ + ^ **

21. Sodium borate decahydrate/ borax ^ ~ **

22. Orange oil/ Orange Blossom/ Neroli Oil/ Citrus Aurantium/ Bitter Orange/ Orange Flower # ~ + ^ **

23.  Bergamot # ~ + ^ **

24. Bee pollen ~ +

25.  Ether, dimethyl ether # ~ ^

26. Tansy/ Daisy flower extract # ~ + ^ **

27.  Ivy # ~ + ^ **

28. Eucalyptus # ~ + ^ **

29. Fennel oil, fennel seed extract * ** ~ + ^

30.  Fig oil/ extract *~

31. Frankincense # ~ + ^ **

32. Geranium oil # ~ + ^ **

33. Ginger oil # ~ + ^ **

34. Grapefruit oil/extract # ~ + ^ **

35. Witch Hazel ~

36. Rose flower/ Rose oil # ~ + ^ **

37. Rosemary/ rosemary leaf oil # ~ + ^ **

38. Rosewood # ~ + ^ **

39. Jasmine # ~ + ^ **

40. Juniper # ~ + ^ **

41. Royal Jelly +~

42. Thyme/thymus oil/ extract # ~ + ^ **

43. Tangerine oil/extract # ~ + ^ **

44. Lavender oil # ~ + ^ **

45. Lemon juice/oil/extract/peel # ~ + ^ **

46. Lemongrass # ~ + ^ **

47. Lime oil/juice/extract/peel # ~ + ^ **

48. Limonene # ~ + ^ **

49. Sulfates # ~ + ^ **

50. Propylene glycol * ~

 

This list is not exhaustive, and is a great place to start on your journey towards better skin care and becoming a more informed consumer

Wendy O