WHAT’S NOT IN SKN-RG
What to look for when buying skin products
“So many ask me what should I avoid,” says Deborah Scott (Co-Founder of SKN-RG Skincare). “Unfortunately, the list is huge and the more we continue to buy products that have questionable ingredients in them the more they will be produced”.
It’s the same as fast food but instead, it’s fast skincare with luring packaging. It’s easy to be enticed, I’ve been there myself and when I’ve looked at a label I’ve nearly fallen off my chair. The fact is that most of us know that microplastics are banned but there are other types of microplastics or what I call “liquid plastics” lurking inside products, let alone what they are encased in.
One of these is called Acrylates Copolymer, and it’s widely used to thicken the water. In fact, you can buy a type of liquid plastic that, when mixed with warm water, would create a face cream that looks wonderfully appealing and has a nice texture and, with a few drops of the dreaded “parfum”, smells nice and feels nice but does nothing and is in essence just liquid plastic and water.
Some may say “that’s fine I’m happy with my liquid plastic” but have you considered what it is doing to your skin? And this is what we examined when we created SKN-RG. We discovered that certain thickening agents can accelerate the ageing of the skin, dry it out, and cause breakouts or sudden unexplained conditions of the skin. The most common of these are sudden areas that break out in a rash or dryness where the skin can not breathe and has been covered over, almost like a thin film of cling film.
Today there are so many more actives in the world and yes they are more expensive. Is it true you get what you pay for? Not always, it is a case of looking at the ingredients and seeing if the product will live up to its labels because as we all know a lot don’t. Even in high-end.
So what can you do? Use the list below and if you find any of those in the product or multiple ones on the list then steer clear. Yes, it’s marketed nice and the packaging looks wonderful but is it really going to help your skin? Those few questions can help you weed out the imposters and deliver you a product like SKN-RG. With formulas that are the new generation and cutting edge plant actives. Today is a wonderous world with innovation and new technology so you can leave behind the questionable ingredients and discover independent businesses like us who innovate “in house” to give you modern skincare that cares for you and of course the environment. We are proud to be a family business that controls every element, which means we know exactly how our products are made and what’s not in SKN-RG. We never outsource so we know every element, every drop. Even the formulas are ours, to expert blending and then filled into bottles, packaged and despatched to you.
We are proud to create formulas that give results designed with care and delivered directly from our laboratory to you. Our energising products offer clinical results and are 100% plant-based skincare, which means no hidden nasties or synthetics or animal derivatives.
If you want to get the inside track take a look at the below and make a note of what to avoid when you are next shopping and release your skin from damaging synthetics. Your skin will thank you! Looking for more info take a look at The Soil Association’s explanation of Synthetic Vs Natural/Organic “click here“. Or for the real low down why not take a look at Beat The Mirco Bead by The Plastic Soup Foundation.”
The A-Z quick low down of synthetics to avoid
Acrylates Copolymer: “Acrylates Copolymer is a general term for synthetic copolymers of two or more monomers consisting of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid or one of their simple esters.
Acrylates Copolymer is a substance that is being widely added in cosmetics during recent years. What makes the problem even more complicated is that Acrylates Copolymer can form several variations as it can combine with various monomers. For instance, Acrylates Copolymer can be currently found in more than 142 differed unregulated variations!” Compliments of Beat The Micro Bead
Animal-derived ingredients: As a proud Vegan Society Member and Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free Registered Brand, we are committed to giving you 100% confidence that what you are buying is a cruelty-free product without hiding behind fluffy logos do not substantiate our claims. We work hard to formulate and seek new innovations through our own laboratory free from animal derivatives such as sheep lanolin, animal hyaluronic acid, animal collagen, beeswax and animal bulking agents. In accordance with EU and British Regulations, our products are not tested on animals, and we do not sell our products in the Peoples Republic Of China.
DIMITHICONE from the family of silicones and seals over the pores and can contribute to acne, blackheads and trapped dirt. The industry is divided on this one as it is a texture enhancer. Our in house testing found it to be very difficult to remove which can contribute to blocked pores.
EDTA is used to stabilise synthetic ingredients and drive them down into the epidermis deeper to give more effect, which causes long-term issues in the skin. And is highly pollutive in the environment and when washed down the sink to aquatic life.
Phenoxyethanol is found in a cross range of skincare highlighted by several watchdog organisations as causing severe skin sensitivity, dryness, acne and contact dermatitis. In addition, it is absorbed by the skin and is highlighted as a skin irritant with suspected neurotoxic deficiencies.
Carbomers cheap filling and combiner of high water ingredients to combine them.
Sulfates come in different disguises and are foaming agents that irritate the skin.
What’s Not In SKN-RG Skincare Products Cont.
Liquid Petroleum at first, these ingredients can give the impression they are soothing the skin when they are just covering it. However, as time passes, the skin begins to dry out, requiring you to apply more, and so the cycle starts. The skin becomes drier, and so on. It can become flaky and worse than the initial condition when you stop using.
Nanomaterials are microscopic particles that penetrate the skin, and, at present, the science community are not certain of the effect they can have on the body. Adding the word nano means that the ingredient measures less than 100m.
Silicones (liquid plastic discover more in our latest blog) are used to make products feel nice and give slip and slide. They are inert and are not known to cause issues to the skin; however, they pollute rivers and are forms of liquid plastic that, when washed down the sink, run free as microparticles polluting our environment and the life that lives there.
Parabens used as preservatives echo in terms of issues in endocrine and cancers are still not fully measured. Therefore, we choose not to use these in our formulas.
Nylon (liquid plastic) are used to make products feel nice and give slip and slide. They are inert and, at present, are not known to cause issues to the skin; however, they pollute rivers and are forms of liquid plastic that, when washed down the sink, run free as microparticles pollute our environment the life that lives there.