Liquid Plastic The Menace In Your Beauty Bag

One of the biggest menaces in our time has been plastic, from plastic bags to microbeads

But there's been one dirty little secret that has started to come out and that is the use of liquid plastic in our everyday products, from shampoo to conditioner to skincare products it's everywhere, there to make the product "feel nice". And don't be fooled by the fluffy bunny, green packaging or claim of vegan- because it can still contain plastics such as Nylon.

Although experts don't question the safety of liquid in skincare it is some of the most worrisome use of a synthetic that is nearly impossible to recover. It cant be filtered from sewage and in turn, can reenter our ecosystem by being used as fertilizer. As we rinse them out or wash our face they return to the ocean.  

Liquid plastics are commonly used to make products spread more evenly and can be found in everything from makeup foundation, mineral powders, face creams to shampoo and wash products. In scientific circles, liquid plastics or powdered plastics are called synthetic polymers and can be named in a range of different ways some of the most worrying are polyethene glycols or PEGS.

What is even more worrying is that once the cream or makeup has left you it is then washed down the sink rinsing into waterways and entering our sewage plants it is too small to be filtered out of the water, then once the sludge is processed it then returns to our land as fertilizer.

But the concern isn't just environmental liquid plastics are damaging to the skin. Research shown by CodeCheck Europers biggest product database found that 64 % of cosmetic products has liquid plastic in. But despite their damaging effects the industry has no intention on banning them.

So why does the industry persist in using these ingredients, because they are cheap? Products from a variety of price ranges at the very top and bottom can be found with them in and as with microbeads, it is time we all vote with our buying power check the ingredients list and not purchase these items.

Frustrated? Here’s how to bypass the false claims…

  1. See past smart marketing and always check the ingredients list to spot any of the red alert chemicals listed below
  2. Do your research and get to know companies that sell organic and natural beauty like ourselves that uphold a strong ethos when it comes to the environment.
  3. Look for logos which certify organic brands, a great example is the Soil Association, which regulate all of the brands listed on their site.


Take action and avoid these ingredients:

Thickening & Gell Polymers

Are used to thicken products to make them richer smoother and more cream-like. Often named Polyethene glycols (PEGs) and carbomers, Co vinyl, polyvinyl, oh and acrylates dont they sound lovely!

Fixative Polymers & Conditioning Polymers

Make products foamy or used to make products spray more effectively. Despite the name its not doing you hair or skin a lot of good. Often named polyquaternium-6, polyquaternium-7, and polyquaternium-11. polyimide-1, polyquaternium-11, and PVP/VA copolymers.


Most of us have heard of the silicone-free products best to avoid their silicon atoms, and that goes for makeup too!


Discover our products & make some top swaps

  1. Swap Micellar Water for SKN-RG Flash Balm
  2. Swap Polymer face washes for SKN-RG Cleansers
  3. Swap PEG and Alcohol Toners for SKN-RG Botanical Toners
  4. Swap Co-polymer or co vinyl moisturisers that block and clog the skin for SKN-RG Moisturisers
  5. Swap a night time serum or treatment that contains plastic and discover SKN-RG organic alternatives 
  6. Swap plastic packaging for our new eco range SKN-RG Waterless Bamboo 
  7. Don't know where to start to email us today and we will do our best to help you.


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