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Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

By the iconic Johnson & Johnson.

A few months ago I promised myself not to ‘bag’ chemical based skin care products. Rather than be negative, I would be positive and highlight the irrefutable benefits of skin care and cosmetics that do not contain dangerous chemicals.

But then along came the advertising campaign for Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion!

It looks impressive. Oats may well be wonderful for skin care. There is a big statement in the TV advertising promising improvement in skin quality in a day and then a bigger improvement in a week.

On the free sachet I received, the product claims to be ‘Clinically proven to relieve dry skin and moisturise for a full 24 hours’ I need to point out, there are no official definitions for ‘clinically proven’. There may have been in house studies, but no independent advise.

But lets take a closer look at the ingredients.

As usual, water is listed first. Glycerin is next. I have explained in other reports that glycerin draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin, particularly in humidity below 65%. It is held on the surface of the skin to give a ‘plumping’ feel by a silicone or mineral oil.

In the case of Aveeno, both Dimethicone, a silicone known to cause tumors in laboratory animals as well as “Paraffinum Liquidum” …  a posh way of listing mineral oils! … are included. From the petro-chemical industry, mineral oils are used as a barrier to seal the drawn moisture to the surface of the skin.
Both these ingredients would well and truly seal the skin for 24 hours. It would not he able to breathe or eliminate toxins, either.

Would you apply crude oils to your skin?!

The second on the list, Distearyldimonim Chloride is a positively charged surfactant, so it does not completely rinse off. The build up of the product gives a smooth feel, but it coats like plastic wrap.

It has not been tested for safety by any governing body. There are data gaps but from some sources, it appears that concentrations as low as 0.01% are irritating to the eye and mucous membranes. It is a teratogen (causes birth defects) in rats when administered orally, but not on the skin. Conditions that favour rapid absorption from the skin might be expected to increase the risk of birth defects.

This chemical is in the range of chemicals known as Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats” They release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen! In fact, finally, the US FDA has now recognized and advised of the dangers of formaldehyde.

Why is this ingredient included in a lotion promoted for daily use?!

If we consider the chemists’ rule of thumb, the first 3 to 4 ingredients on the list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product. The oats, claimed as the ‘ACTIVE NATURALS’ in this product are way down the list, just before another paraffin, some where in the other 5% to 10% of the lotion.

There are 4 alcohols in this product. Benzyl Alcohol, to name one, is irritating and corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes.

Please carefully consider the ingredients in this lotion before you apply it to your skin.

A better option would be a moisturiser that is certified organic to food standards. There are absolutely no synthetic chemicals here! Just pure, beneficial ingredients.





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Compare Multi-Regenerating Moisturiser with Certified Organic Moisturiser



There is a great deal of media attention on anti ageing products, with many cosmetic manufacturers upping the anti by forever increasing the number of benefits their product will deliver.

Apart form reducing fine lines and wrinkles; they include sunscreens and ultra hydrating chemicals. But are they safe to use and as effective as the advertising promotions promise?

Let’s look at our first product, which is L’Oreal’s Revitalift Total Repair 10.

This product from the French based cosmetic giant claims to fight 10 signs of ageing:
Many moisturisers on the market contain the same ingredients just the names change.

The main ingredients, in order, are: Water; Glycerin; Ethylhexyl salicylate; Niachnamide; Dimethicone; Octocrylene; Butyl methoxydbenzolmethane;

The list goes on with many other unpronounceable chemical ingredients, but it is worth noting that the first 3 to 4 ingredients on a label list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product.

Glycerin, which is used in all anti ageing moisturisers and body lotions, is such demand, sales of this ingredient, primarily to be used in personal care products, is expected to reach more than $8bn, globally, by the year 2017.

is a humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65%. In dryer conditions, the Glycerin will actually draw the moisture form the deeper layers of the skin, there by causing dehydration.

The Dimethicone listed is a silicone, intended to trap and hold the drawn moisture onto the skin’s surface, thereby puffing out the fine lines for a time.

Octocrylene is a synthetic UV absorber and sunscreen agent; may be used in combination with other UV absorbers to achieve higher SPF formulas. It produces oxygen radicals when exposed to UV light. It is suspected or measured to accumulate in people; not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel.

eth’ or ‘oxy’ in an ingredient means it has been ‘ethoxylated’ during manufacture and may be contaminated with the potent carcinogen 1 4’dioxane.


Now let’s compare the ingredients list, in order, of a Certified Organic moisturiser

Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, aqua (purified water), … the list is much longer, and all of it is certified organic by a third party independent body.


I have stopped here so you can notice how far down the list the water content is.

There are no chemical names. The first ingredient, Aloe Vera is renowned for its’ moisturising properties and its ability to renew cellular growth and strength. It, along with Avocado fruit oil, rosehip seed oil and jojoba seed oil, all certified organic, make up the first 4 ingredients and so the 90% to 95% of the entire product.

The combination of the main ingredients feeds and nourishes the skin with significant effects on hydration and softness, without the risk of contamination by chemical processes. The ingredients in this moisturiser are cold-pressed extracted to maintain the integrity of the plants’ active bio-available nutrients.


There are no sunscreen chemicals in this product, so you would need to beware of extended sun exposure without the benefits of an added organic sunscreen, hat or shade. That said, you would not be risking the damage to your skin from free radicals found in chemical sunscreen products, which can do more harm than the protection they provide.

After my many years experience in this industry, my vote is for the Certified Organic moisturiser. It offers a breathable, protective barrier against free radicals and moisture loss, one of the main causes of wrinkles. The special ingredients in our unique organic base have lasting effects on skin hydration and smoothness.



By Karen

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Beauty Myths: 3 False Beliefs about Skin Care

1. Avoid Moisturiser use for oily skin.

Many women troubled with oily skin are often concerned that using a moisturiser will make their skin oilier. To some extent that assumption could be true, particularly if a mineral oil or synthetic silicone are included in the ingredients of the moisturiser chosen.

Mineral oil is also known as petrolatum, obtained from the petro-chemical industry. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. During manufacture petrolatum can be contaminated with carcinogens. Dimethicone is a synthetic silicone, which acts the same way as petrolatum. It was first used in the paper making industry. Now it is found in may skin care products and hair conditioners. This chemical has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. Look at the ingredients in your moisturiser to find if they are listed.

Moisture and oil are two different body fluids. An oily skin can also be dehydrated, particularly if a harsh, drying cosmetic is used in an attempt to dry out the excess oil. The surface of the skin becomes dehydrated. The more stressed the skin is by continually being striped of the natural acid mantel, the more oil the sebaceous glands with pump out to contend with the problem.

A light moisturiser based n Aloe Vera is the best option as the aloe, with it’s healing and antioxidant properties will help to normalise the skin’s secretions.

Miessence Balancing Moisturiser for normal to oily skin that has a few break-outs and pimples is ideal as the certified organic Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without excessive oil.This creamy moisturiser is also formulated with plant phosphlipids, organic seed butters and oils, organic herbs and flowers has significant lasting effects on the skin’s hydration and smoothness.

The Balancing Skin Conditioner supplies water soluble nutrients to actually feed the skin and as a hydration base for the Balancing Moisturiser to lock in.

Miessence Purifying Moisturiser for acne and  skin is a light lotionwith organic extracts known to sooth inflamed complexions. Plant phospholipids hydrate the skin without clogging the pores or over moisturising.

The Purifying Skin Conditioner of aloe vera infused with organic echinacea, witch hazel, plantain and burdock helps firm and tone the skin. Tea tree assist the Purifying Skin Conditioner to clarify and purify the complexion.

2. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.

It will come as a surprise to many that little is known about the safety or effectiveness of sunscreens except they appear to prevent sunburn.

There is no data demonstrating that sunscreen alone helps prevent skin cancer according to the FDA. To protect from the sun’s damaging rays, covering up with clothing and hats as a physical barrier and staying in shade where possible is the best advice. Many sunscreen contain chemicals that have cause for concern due to their toxicity when absorbed into the skin.

Approximately 30% of sunscreens and most Moisturisers containing sunscreen use Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic vitamin A as it is claimed this ingredient slows skin ageing. However recent data indicates that when this chemical is applied to the skin in sunlight it may speed up the development of lesions and skin tumors. Scientists have been aware for some time that vitamin A can increase excessive skin growth and in sunlight can form free radicals that damage DNA.

During a year long study, laboratory animals were exposed daily to the equivalent of nine minutes maximum intensity sunlight. Some of the specimens were coated with a cream containing 0.05% vitamin A concentration while the remaining animals were treated with a vitamin-free cream. Tumors and lesions developed up to 21% sooner in the animals coated with the vitamin A cream.

Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with natural minerals that help reflect damaging ultraviolet radiation. Micro-fine (not nano-particles!) zinc oxide offers protection from harmful rays whilst organic olive oil keeps the skin supple.

3. All products labelled as ‘organic’ really are organic.

There are no regulations regarding the use of the word ‘organic’ when labeling or describing skin care or cosmetic products. In fact the term scientifically refers to any compound that was once living. Loosely translated, leaves and flora material that have been compacted over millions of years to form crude oil is classified as ‘organic’!

Consumers are under the illusion that if a product is labeled and advertised as organic, it is entirely natural with little processing and no synthetic chemical additives. This assumption is entirely incorrect. Some products may include organic ingredients and there might also be ‘certified’ organic ingredients but a closer look at the ingredients label could also show chemicals are included in the formulation and there is no safe guard to warn trusting consumers.

It is worth noting that if the ‘organic ingredients’ are toward the end of the list, they will be in too small an amount to be of benefit.
Another trick used by manufacturers is to list every organic herb in the ‘Aqueous Infusion’ of their product. A closer look reveals this ingredient to be a weak tea of botanicals, boosting the dubious organic claim.

To ensure the organic products you choose are genuinely organic, without the inclusion of chemicals, look for the ‘certification’ logo of a third party, independent body such as the USDA or the ACO. Without a certification, an organic claim cannot be substantiated.