I realized that more and more skincare products are adopting this “free from” labeling. Even some of the big, conventional skin care brands are following suit. And it seems like the list is getting longer, with the common ones being: free from parabens, free from fragrances, free from sulfates, free from coloring, and free from animal testing. So does this naturally mean the product is safe, non-toxic, and organic? Or are some of these brands really just engaging in greenwashing?
If you look up alcohol in skin care, you’ll always find that fatty alcohols such as cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol portrayed in a very good light. In fact, they’re most probably described to be gentle and are considered as excellent conditioning agents and they’re a far cry from the regular drying alcohols like SD alcohol or alcohol denat. Really? Personally, I don’t think much about them and have often times, come against the ingredients although I do use products containing them, only because they’re widely used in many skin care products. Yes, I have a bone to pick about them and the last I wrote, such fatty alcohols can clog your pores. And something I just read about them: that fatty alcohols can cause skin irritations.
I was just reading an article from Daily Mail that discusses why chemical-based skincare and makeup are not so great for our skin. The topic is not something new but what caught my eye was that the article quoted doctors as warning that make-up full of chemicals could leave women with unsightly skin conditions. I found that quite a surprise, that some medical experts are actually leveling accusations against chemically formulated products, quite unlike what I’ve often been reading.
Alrighty, here are questions I get pretty often: can I use my BB cream as a sunscreen since it has SPF? Do I need to use a sunscreen with my BB cream? If you think my name is Viva, then yeah, you might have posed those questions to me or maybe you’re a BB cream user and you’re thinking about this now. So let me attempt to answer the questions and maybe what I’m about to unveil will help you decide.