Does it surprise you that there are ingredients in your cosmetics and skin care products that are suspect?

The skin care industry is a huge one, worth billions of dollars. So it’s an industry that has a lot of incentives to produce products that sell well.

What is not so clear is whether this skincare industry produces products that are safe. Some are not, though some are also safe and highly effective. But how do you know which is which?

Would it surprise you to know that the skincare and cosmetics industry does not need to submit it’s products to any US governmental regulatory body to prove that they are safe before they put them in their skin care and anti aging products and cosmetics generally?

It’s true, the skin care and cosmetic industry is unregulated and is expected to regulate itself. There is no requirement for the industry to prove the safety, let alone the efficacy, of their products.

This is recognized as a problem in a number of places. The cosmetics safety database has, for example, a campaign for safe cosmetics going and a petition which you can sign if you wish, in an effort to improve the safety of the products used in our mainstream skin care products, anti aging products and general cosmetics.

Here’s a quote from their website:

“Due to gaping loopholes in federal law, companies can put virtually any ingredient into personal care products. Even worse, the government does not require pre-market safety tests for any of them.”

With a product that is ingested into the body you’d think that the companies that produce these products would take the view that it isn’t safe to use an ingredient until it’s proven to be safe. But it seems that the reverse is true, it needs to be shown conclusively that a product is unsafe before it’s use is discontinued, and of course the cosmetics companies aren’t out there trying to prove the risks posed by these ingredients. Someone else has to do that, presumably with limited funding.

So there is serious doubt about the safety of some of the products that go into many of our mainstream cosmetics and skin care products. Products that many of us use daily.
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Because despite the fact that we put these products onto our skin, they are mostly taken into our body just as if we had eaten them. After all, when you smear a moisturizer, for example, onto your face and it disappears, where do you think it goes?

It’s absorbed into your body just as surely as if you had eaten it.

And of course big business has shown quite clearly over the years that where there is big money to be made, they have little ethics in engaging in practices that may harm the health of their customers.

Take the tobacco industry, a prime example. For many years they marketed a product that was known to kill people, and did so knowing this, whilst trying to convince people that smoking didn’t do any harm.

And now when it’s proven uncontrovertibly they are still selling a deadly product, they have just given up trying to maintain that it’s harmless because it’s proven beyond doubt that it’s not. But they’re still selling the product.

So where there is big money involved, big business doesn’t seem to have the ethics required to act in the interests of their customers if it means that they will reduce their profits. Self regulation doesn’t work. (Though there are still some excellent skin care companies producing safe and effective products).

So what are some specific examples of some of these ingredients that are potentially dangerous, and are certainly not proven to be safe?

Here’s a few examples, there are many:


Present in many cosmetics, not as an ingredient but produced as a byproduct of the manufacturing process. In 1988 the State of California listed Dioxane as a chemical known to cause cancer.

Classed as a Group 2B carcinogen as possibly carcinogenic to people by the International Agency For Research On Cancer

Diethanolamine, more commonly known as DEA.

Suspected of increasing the risk of cancer, used in cosmetics and shampoos.


Used in sunscreens but suspected of increasing the risk of skin cancer.


Found in many skin care products. Not proven to be safe and suspected of being dangerous.

Lead and mercury.

Found in some cosmetics like mascara.

What do you do about all this?

Well of course you can swear off all cosmetics, sunscreens and skin care and anti aging products. If you don’t use them you can’t be affected by anything in them, can you?

And you can concentrate on improving your diet and exercise regime because, as we have pointed out here, good general health is one of the best things you can do to slow or limit the health and visible effects of aging on your body.

But there’s more. You can seriously investigate the alternatives. Because there are alternatives.

There are 2 things you can do:

1. Use high quality natural and organic nutritional supplements as a supplement to a good diet and lifestyle. Because there is good evidence that it’s extremely difficult to eat well enough to provide all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function at their optimum.

Supplementation does improve our overall health and will help reduce both the visible signs of aging on our skin and our bodies in general. And it will improve our general health, something that can and does have an impact on reducing the effects of aging.

2. Investigate some of the superb quality skin care products that are made from natural ingredients by one small niche skin care company that has been quietly making an impact but which you’ve probably never heard of.

It’s a New Zealand company called Xtend Life, a company committed to producing both safe and effective skin care and nutritional and other products, all of which are backed up with a 100% money back guarantee.

Can you send your regular skin care products back for a money back refund? I’ll bet you can’t.

So yes, there is plenty you can do. Concentrate on better diet and lifestyle, and investigate the products of Xtend Life. No don’t do that. Try their products. Because ultimately that’s the only way to convince yourself of their effectiveness, and you’ve always got their money back guarantee to fall back on. You won’t need it.

Written by - Natural Health

(And make sure you read our page about Natural Skin Care, it's quite an eye opener about modern skin care products.)