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 November 11, 2019

Natural Skin Care Formulations: Part 2

Consumers today are shopping online and scanning store shelves for beauty products that feature natural ingredient alternatives. They want the same effectiveness of traditional synthetics, only without the potentially dangerous health risks. Buyers have learned how to identify these harmful ingredients and view safe, clean beauty products as a need, not a luxury.

So, it’s up to you, the beauty brand, to zero in on the safest ingredient alternatives for your products. 

4 Harmful Ingredients Natural Skin Care Formulations

In this three-part series, you’ll find a list of twelve common, yet potentially toxic ingredients, that many consumers are looking to replace in their beauty routines. Part one, found here, discussed the dangers of dimethicone, ethanolamines, formaldehyde, and 1,4 dioxane. In part two below, we cover four more harmful ingredients and how you can create the same level of results (if not better) with natural skin care formulations.

5. Heavy Metals

Heavy metals, also known as metalloestrogens, are commonly used in skin care product formulations to function as as sweat blockers, lightening agents and colorants. They can be found in whitening toothpaste, lip products, moisturizers, sunscreens, antiperspirants and more. However, heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury, zinc, lead, iron, etc. can accumulate in the body and may cause hormonal disruption and an increased risk for an allergic reaction, reproductive issues and even cancer.

Ingredients for Natural Skin Care Formulations

Consumers have become educated about the dangers of heavy metals in traditional skin care products. They are looking for natural brands that create healthier formulations – without all the harsh ingredients. Natural toothpaste, for example, can be formulated with a 100% “palm-free” organic glycerin, certified to the USDA National Organic Program Standards and Kosher certified.

6.   Parabens

Parabens have become the poster child for toxic skin care ingredients. Widely used as a preservative in personal care products, such as body wash, moisturizers and cosmetics, parabens have been found to mimic estrogen in the body leading to disrupted fertility.

Ingredients for Natural Skin Care Formulations

Replacing parabens with natural skin care formulations includes using healthier alternatives like vitamin E, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and antioxidants. Dermofeel® AP MB from Evonik Dr. Straetmans, for example, is a stable Vitamin C ester from natural and nature identical sources. In skin care formulations, it elongates the efficacy and stability of the antioxidant system.

7.  MIT / Methylisothiazolinone

MIT can be found in water-based beauty products to prevent bacteria and/or microbial growth. However, methylisothiazolinone has been linked to allergic reactions, health risks in unborn babies and identified as a possible neurotoxin.

Ingredients for Natural Skin Care Formulations

Choices for replacing MIT are similar to paraben alternatives. Natural skin care formulations will use essential oils, antioxidants and vitamin E, instead of MIT.

8. Petrochemical-Derived Ingredients

Health-conscious consumers are avoiding products that have petroleum and mineral oil like the plague. It’s no wonder when studies like this report, “The increase in MOSH [mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons] concentration in human fat tissue with age suggests an accumulation over time. Cosmetics might be a relevant source of the contamination.”

Ingredients for Natural Skin Care Formulations

Mineral oil can be replaced with clean, natural emollients, including cocoa, shea and mango butters. NaturaSoft Cocoa from Natura-Tec, for example, is a natural emollient used in skin care formulations that is designed to enhance the smoothness and softness of skin due to its moisturizing properties. 

Discover More Natural Skin Care Formulations at Kinetik

Kinetik is a leading curator of high-quality, natural ingredients from around the globe. Discover your natural skin care formulations with all the consultative support and resources you need to stay ahead of the competition.

Stay tuned for part three where we will cover four more potentially harmful ingredients and how your natural skin care formulations can provide the answer your consumers want.

Contact us at (732) 335-5775 for more information. We are headquartered in the USA, but we work with clients and represent suppliers worldwide.