I normally avoid direct comparisons between brands of skincare because I don’t really believe in the principle of tearing other businesses down. But for goodness sake…when will we see the damage we are doing to our bodies through hidden (or not so hidden) dangerous chemicals?
To illustrate the vast difference between the safety of skincare products, we have created a direct ingredient comparison between Rubifresh (all natural) and Nutrimetics hand creams. This is absolutely NOT about putting down Nutrimetics. In fact over the years I have loved that brand. It is about exposing the dangerous ingredients that find their way into our bodies, and questioning whether we should be willing to continue to flood our bodies with these harmful chemicals.
Rubifresh Hand Cream Ingredients:
Purified water, Coconut oil, Cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (an emulsifier made from olives), Glycerine (vegetable), Camellia seed oil, Shea butter (certified organic), Cocoa butter, Betaine (from sugar beet), Avocado oil, Pomegranate oil, Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Calendula oil, Raspberry seed oil, Licorice root extract, Bellis perennis flower extract, Aloe vera leaf extract (certified organic), Xanthan gum (a natural sugar derived from corn), Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, Parfum (natural)
Nutrimetics Hand Cream Ingredients:
Water, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol*
*Butylene glycol easily penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. It can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives from too many mast skin cells. Repeated exposure may also lead to sensitivity or skin allergies. Once an allergic reaction occurs, the body’s immune system remembers the invader and will react negatively each time it comes in contact with the substance. The California Environmental Protection Agency warns against excessive contact as it may have effects including brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
Glyceryl stearate, Peg 100 stearate*
*PEGs can be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. Other common concerns include: reproductive disorders, carcinogen contamination, proven cancer risk, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, and skin irritation.
Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol*
*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant
Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone*
*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant
Tocopheryl acetate, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Algae extract, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Fucus vesiculosus extract, Algin, Commiphora abyssinica extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20*
*Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it’s treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide
Carbomer, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Methylparaben*, Ethylparaben*
*Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Associated with breast cancer
Diazolidinyl urea, Sodium hydroxide*
*A powerful alkali used in industry for cleaning drains and pipe lines also used in oven cleaners. Known as caustic soda. Workers exposed to steam containing sodium hydroxide have suffered lung damage and an increased risk of throat cancer.
Fragrance, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, linalool
So just like food ingredients, we need to be paying more attention to the safety of our skincare ingredients. You can find every ingredient listed on our website under each Rubifresh product listing – nothing but naturally derived nourishing ingredients to build skin health. Make the change to natural today. The health of your skin (and your body) depends on it.
Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh skincare.
Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au