Sunday, October 28, 2018

#NgopiCantik7 - Ingredients in Beauty Products | Myths VS Truth

Hello gorgeous! Hope you've been doing well, I guess you missed me a lot, huh? ;p Well been a bit inactive to present you high quality content tho, my apology. Today I'm gonna be sharing an insight I got at Ngopi Cantik, an online regular sharing session with Beautiesquad. As you already know, Beautiesquad is an online beauty blogger community - Indonesian based. This time we talked about ingredients, with Insomnia as the speaker. Ready to level up and learn more about ingredients? Read this page till the end!
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There are lots of myths and facts all around internet about ingredients in beauty products. Here's what I want to do: straighten out what's wrong and tell the truth. Here's five important things you need to know.

1. Natural cosmetics and chemical based cosmetics
Not all natural cosmetics are safe, and not all synthetic products (which is produced using chemical ingredients) is dangerous. Lots of people shared natural based cosmetics are safe, but actually that's wrong. 
Let's say we're talking about water, which usually is the main ingredients in toner, moisturizer, lotion, etc. Water (H2O) is natural and safe, as long as there isn't any weird taste, color, or even scent. But as we all know, in chemistry they called water as H2O. So we can't say something natural won't contain chemical elements. So why, is the "natural" stuff can't always be safe? Actually this is related to the second topic we're gonna talk about, but for now I'm gonna show you another example. We must've heard about Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Dioxide. If you use sunscreen a lot, you must've know about these two. 
These two babies have the same purpose; as sunscreen agent to fight UVA and UVB. In fact, those sunscreen agent produced in factory is synthetic form. So even these two are available out there naturally, it's not safe for us to use them because they're toxic. That's why, again, we need to remember that not all natural stuff are always safe. Of course, vice versa. Not all synthetic ingredients are dangerous. 
Another example, talking about silicone. Silicone is synthetic, lots of people out there consider as a dangerous ingredients. Maybe you're thinking about the same idea. That's because we often read about silicone injection in articles. Well, half of that is fact, there are some types of dangerous silicone. But if we use it in terms of skin care, is it even possible for he producer use dangerous ingredients to be used to our face? Dimethicone is very safe, and it actually is the newest type of silicone that won't clog pores. 

2. Paraben
Paraben is synthetic, and of course produced using chemical ingredients, not from nature. One of the main reason that makes people avoid paraben is because it can cause breast cancer. But if you're one of @labmuffinbeautyscience, you might ever read their article about paraben. From what I read, there's misperception about this ingredient. 
Here's the history. Media has tweeting about paraben being the estrogen receptor that can affect women's hormone. This estrogen is being associated with breast cancer research and women's inability in reproduction (having kids). They misunderstood about the research in 2004 about breast cancer, where there's this conclusion : they found paraben in the breast tissue. The truth is, the amount of paraben found in the tissue was very small. So, if there's any brand in Indonesia saying "no paraben, no lanolin, no SLS", you might wanna find out more about the product. Find out about their ingredients. Because in Indonesia, most products use Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, and DMDM Hyantoin as cosmetics or skincare preservatives. 
So far, paraben can be considered as the safest. It's been hundred years since it's first discovery, yet the case is still in a very small amount.  While Phenoxyethanol is banned in some countries, because it can cause highest possibility of allergy. DMDM Hyantoin is preservative with formaldehyde type, which means when there's bacteria in the skincare, it'll do its job as antimicrobial that kills the bactery #sorrynotsorry. 
If you need further research, you might visit CIR (Cosmetics Ingredients Review), one of trusted institution in America who does review about ingredients in cosmetics products. 

3. Petroleum jelly and mineral oil are dangerous? Myths! 
These two babies are natural, since they're made of Hydrocarbon. Is it safe? Yes of course! People are afraid that these two comes from petroleum. Petroleum itself is a liquid found in sedimentary rock, usually used as fuel. But petrolatum or mineral oil that's used in skincare is the result of distillation, which is the result of the best purification process and won't clog pores. 
For example, we buy products that contains mineral oil and it leads to blackheads or whiteheads, then there's lots of possibility of other causes as well. It might because since the beginning you already had clogged pores but you don't realize it. Or maybe, the mineral oil itself isn't from the best purification process. Don't blame the skincare right away if it don't work its best for us. Again, the result in each person can be different.

4. Gold and Collagen as anti aging agent? Myths!
This thing starts when the trend about mixing metal into skincare became hype. It's more about marketing gimmick, actually. I'm sure there are lots of people who followed this trend and tried the products. I'm one of you, I also tried the gold-infused skincare. Well, it results in great moisturizing effect, but nothing more. So far, if we're talking about metal, the most reliable element is copper-peptide. There's a lot research on it, and peptide itself is a promising anti aging element. 
As for collagen, there's something called hydrolyzed collagen. Simply saying, the collagen will be broken down into smallest molecules. A bit information about Dalton Rule, it's a way we can use to determine if the thing is skincare or drug that can be used as skincare. If the result is under 500 then it's a drug, but if the result is more than 500 it's skincare. How to get the number? You'll only need to find the molecule weight. For example, Salicylc Acid has around 100D, so it means it's drug. Drug can shrink into the pores, even to the deepest. It's possible to exfoliate from inside the skin. That's why pregnant mom aren't allowed to use this. As for collagen, it has around 80-12kD, thousands above the treshold number. That's why, usually collagen only work on the surface and therefore safer to everyone. 

5. Retinol
Retinol is around 200D, so yes it can work as antiaging agent. That's true.

Additional information!
a. Some people might use skincare in another dose than the brand's recommendation. Well, actually the brand recommend on average effect to people. Just like taking medication, there's some specific purpose. If your skin's overdose, there must be some sign. But there's some excuses, again and again, back to the skin condition and what it needs. As long as it has the right and good effect onto your skin, then that's still in the right dose. 

b. About chemical peeling; as recommended by the brand is to use it 2-3 times a week. But sometimes if the product is mild and your skin needs more often peeling, then it's fine to use it a bit more. Or if your skin is extremely sensitive then you might even use the peeling only once a week. 

c. Keeping the skincare in refrigerator? It's a yes. Usually the reason we want to keep skincare inside refrigerator is to keep the same texture, color, and scent or prevent bacteria and fungus. There are some products that you have to keep in the refrigerator, and some products that will be fine even you just simply put it in your room, for example vaseline and clay mask. 

Well, I think that's all I can share about ingredients in skincare and its myths. Please tell me if you like this kind of content, or whatever kind of contents you want me to write here. 
Also thanks to Insomnia for sharing, Beautiesquad for coordinating this online sharing session.

Catch me at @jennitanuwijaya, see you on my next post, babes!

1 comment:

  1. Aku baru tau toh, sharing tentang cara mengatasi sunburn ci