Deciphering Skin Care Labels

Feel like you need to be a chemist to read and understand most skin care labels?

Join the crowd. More and more consumers are concerned about what’s in their cosmetics.

They’ve become label readers because they want to make safe choices for themselves and their families.

But they sometimes need help deciphering the alphabet soup of chemicals in mainstream skin care.

I’m here to help. A former newspaper reporter with exceptional research skills, I’m writing a weekly blog that will help identify common cosmetic ingredients – good and bad – to help you become better informed.

Here’s our ingredient of the week:

Imidazolidinyl Urea

  • Used as an anti-microbial agent, it’s often combined with parabens and is commonly found in mainstream cosmetics.
  • It’s rated a 5 (moderate hazard) by the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, a service provided by the Environmental Working Group.
  • Imidazolidinyl urea releases formaldehyde into cosmetics. In water-based products like shampoos, the formaldehyde increases with a rise in pH, temperature and storage time. (National Toxicology Program/ National Institutes of Health).
  • Cosmetics with imidazolidinyl urea often remain on the skin for hours, allowing time for absorption. Repeated use could result in chronic exposure. (National Toxicology Program/ National Institutes of Health.

                        Note: Imidazolidinyl urea is not used in any Second Nature Skin care products.

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