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What ingredients should one look for in skin care products? I get lost scanning a product's ingredient list; most seem to be nothing but chemicals. Are vitamins more important than peptides? Has anyone noticed better results with products with specific ingredients? Should I be trusting cosmetic companies in their advertising campaigns? (I don't now)
 

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If you want to stay away from chemicals, look for product lines that are "All Natural", then read the labels for what chemicals they have to see what passes for "All Natural".

Do you trust spam emails? That basically what add campaings are.
 

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Hi Mari. I definately agree with Ericb49! Try to fine all natural skin care products. I always look at the ingredients list and if i don't recognise the ingredient, i look it up on the internet before purchase. Normally, if i dont know the ingredient then i know its a chemical!! You will also find that all natural products have a relitively short ingredients list!
 

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I posted this question because I receive information on what's happening in the cosmetic field via another blog site. There was a reference that some 300 cosmetic ingredients were under review for safety reason -- and naturally there is opposition from the cosmetic industry. The site took me to SkinDeep -- which reviews the toxity of products. So I find out that what I thought was a great product is highy toxic!
 

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Mari, can you share the name of the other blog? I'm always interested!
fawnie, you may have to type this into the google bar in order to get you to the site. I get the newsletter regularly and there is a site where you can sign up if you're interested. It gives a lot of info on both North American and European markets.

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May be Im being stupid and just getting confused here but even though obviously no one wants to be using products on there face that are highly toxic are these work better than products that are all all natural ones? Im getting very confused what ingredients should we be looking out for in product that actually work, Is there a website or something that way at least I know what to look out for and not to! Oh the confusion, thanks
 

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I don't know that there is one better anti-aging ingrediant that is the best. It really depends on what you are looking for. In general, try to buy products that have the active ingrediants higher up on the ingredient list. If you look at a lot of brands, they will heavily advertise specific ingredients, but they are almost last on the ingredient list.

And no, don't pay too much attention to their advertising. They are always going to say they are better than anything else and claim things that are physically impossible, LOL! They also try to convince you that their products work the best only if you use all the products in their line. Please!!! Give me a break. I've found that a lot of lines have one or two stellar products and the rest are average. I think that you should pick and choose the products that are best for you skin regardless of the brand.
 

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May be Im being stupid and just getting confused here but even though obviously no one wants to be using products on there face that are highly toxic are these work better than products that are all all natural ones? Im getting very confused what ingredients should we be looking out for in product that actually work, Is there a website or something that way at least I know what to look out for and not to! Oh the confusion, thanks
I feel the same way as you do -- there are so many supposedly good products, some very pricey. I am using a product that is giving me good results but I googled SkinDeep and looked up the product. 10 is considered toxic; the product I'm using is rated 8. So what should I do, stop using it, or consider that it has passed FDA and it's OK. The site points out what ingredients are potentially harmful in the product. I don't like the idea of using a product that I don't consider environmentally friendly either.
 

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I know...it's just all too much.


I have used some pretty wacky things: Nightingale Droppings (no joke!) and ViperVenom to name a couple.


Anymore I just stick to the scientifically proven stuff and turn off the ads.



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I know...it's just all too much.


I have used some pretty wacky things: Nightingale Droppings (no joke!) and ViperVenom to name a couple.


Anymore I just stick to the scientifically proven stuff and turn off the ads.
What in the world -- I mean who goes out collecting Nightingale Droppings -- and how did they know it came from a Nightingale? Surely you jest! And what were these products supposed to do?
 

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I know...it's just all too much.


I have used some pretty wacky things: Nightingale Droppings (no joke!) and ViperVenom to name a couple.


Anymore I just stick to the scientifically proven stuff and turn off the ads.
I have to say vipervenom is a pretty crazy name for a product..lol
I'm with Mari what was that to be used for?
 

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Someone really needs to do a list of what ingredients you should look out for in products and what you should not look out for? What website are you going on to find out how many toxins your product has in them? This is just getting far too confusing for me but just think we all should experiment making up our own products and see if they work or not, and if they do at least we know what we are putting in them!! Oh the confusion of it all!!
 

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so i get a sample of this Vit A apricto Cream by Karin Herzog and here is list of ingredients Aqua, Parffinum, liquidum, glycerin, steary alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogen Peroxide, Apricot Kermel Oil, Peg-6 esters, Prunus armeniaca, Citrus Nobilis, Citric Acid, Tartaric acid, Glucolic acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Retinol, Parfum, Sucros (fructose glucose) all these products sound to me a bit toxin and water based but what Im wondering is how can you find out for certain, I have not put this product on my face and would be too worried! Any help on this would be great I am very confused
 

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Here is your list,
http://www.skincaretalk.com/basic-sk...-products.html

Skin Deep has been mentioned here before to look up products, but it can be use to look up raw ingredients too.
There are two ways to get to Skin Deep,
www.skindeep.com
www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
Thanks for that information. What I find strange is that cosmetic ingredients are supposedly tested and approved for use yet if search skindeep and find out the product I'm using is toxic is it because of one or a combination of ingredients?

 

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You have to remember that the standards they are tested against were put in place in 1938, alot of chemicals used today weren't used back then, and the FDA doesn't handle the regulations over the industry. Well, this is true for the U.S. anyway.
Canada and the U.K. have tighter regulations, but for some unknown reason, the companies don't just use the same formula for all countries based on the one with the tightest restrictions....although now that I think about it, it is all about profits and it is probably cheaper to use harsher chemicals where they still can.
 

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Tell me about it in the USA you can get far more in terms of products over the counter and so than what we would ever do here in the Uk, thanks for the info eric very helpful
 

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You have to remember that the standards they are tested against were put in place in 1938, alot of chemicals used today weren't used back then, and the FDA doesn't handle the regulations over the industry. Well, this is true for the U.S. anyway.
Canada and the U.K. have tighter regulations, but for some unknown reason, the companies don't just use the same formula for all countries based on the one with the tightest restrictions....although now that I think about it, it is all about profits and it is probably cheaper to use harsher chemicals where they still can.

I read recently that two chemicals were being taken out of a number of products available in Canada because of concerns they pose to the environment. What about the consumer!
 
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