Additives play a huge role in the manufacturing of cosmetics and skincare products – that is by extending the products’ shelf-life and efficacy. Though skincare and cosmetics are not made for oral ingestion, the danger can reach you via your skin. Here are some of the widely used chemical-derived additives commonly found in most of today’s skincare and beauty products:
Parabens: Man-made chemical that are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic products to prevent bacteria and mould growth, parabens can trigger skin allergic reaction; premature aging; breast cancer and male infertility; interference with the endocrinal system functions and posing risk to growing foetuses.
Sulphates, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): Sulphates is a salt that forms when sulphuric acid reacts with another chemical. Often present in cleaning and personal care products, sulphates, SLS and SLES are used to create lather, giving a strong impression of cleaning power. They are known to trigger skin and eye irritation, as well as cancer in laboratory animals.
Silicone: A natural mineral harvested from sandstones and clay, silicone is widely used in cosmetic and skincare products as an anti-caking agent. It is also capable of absorbing moisture and sweat as well as preventing light reflection. The bad side of silicone is it traps debris in the pores; triggers acne; congesting the pores; dehydrates the skin; interferes with cell renewal and blocking other ingredients from being absorbed by your skin.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): A water-soluble ingredient used in cosmetics and personal care products to prevent deterioration, mould and other microorganism growth, when used in high dosage, EDTA may cause kidney damage, low potassium deficiency (hypokalaemia) and heart rhythm problems.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): A common ingredient in personal care, skin care and cosmetics, PEG functions as humectants solvents and stabilisers. It balances the pH levels in products, thickens the products and encourage skin penetration. Its known side effects include skin rashes, contact dermatitis and loss of skin natural moisture. It is also harmful on already damaged skin, open wounds and skin with acne and blisters.
Propylene Glycol: A by-product of petroleum refining, propylene glycol is often found in moisturisers. However, the bad side of propylene glycol is it also contributes to dry skin over the time by attracting and drawing moisture from the lower layer of the skin to the top. Furthermore, it also enhances penetration, allowing other harmful substances such as bisphenol-A and triclosan into your bloodstream.
As a sustainable premium skincare brand, our products are free from all the above. We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive 100% Pure & Natural, Vegan (Aromatherapy and Perfumes) and Vegetarian (Skincare and some Haircare), Cruelty Free products from the Reeta Juneja® brand.
A word on palm oil.
Albeit while there is an adequate supply of sustainable palm oil in the market, we believe the excessive demand for it has severely impacted the natural biodiversity of many countries especially in South East Asia, resulting a great imbalance. Therefore, by eliminating palm oil in our products, we are doing our part in creating a sustainable, liveable planet for all. Moreover, we are also happy to assure our customers that our products are free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that are known to have adverse effects on human wellbeing.