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BlackBox Cosmetics Ingredients: Awful Ingredients.....Not Used in BlackBox Cosmetics Products

Prune Pic
Prune Pic

BlackBox Cosmetics Ingredients-Or Lack Of (this is a good thing)

 Here is a list of ingredients that are NOT included in BlackBox Cosmetics products.  Remember, aloe vera is our #1 ingredient in ALL products.

***Note: This does not include the extensive list of toxic chemical preservatives used in most other products.

1. Sodium Laurel Sulfate - Also known as SLS, this popular ingredient is used in over a thousand cosmetic products. SLS's are used to create lather and suds, and are often needed to fill up the bottle of most skin care and hair care products. It's a strong degreaser that dries skin and hair and can cause contact eczema in some individuals. SLS's have been known to cause severe inflammation of the derma and epidermal tissue. This is probably the hardest skin care ingredient to avoid because it's so widely used in such high concentrations.

2. Mineral Oil - A liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, mineral oil can attract dirt and causes blackheads and eruptions. When you put mineral oil on your skin, it's like you're wrapping yourself in plastic wrap.

Your skin can't breathe! To be healthy, oxygen must be able to freely pass through the layers of your skin, expelling toxins, wastes, and sweat. By allowing toxins to build up in the skin, mineral oil contributes to free radical damage and speeds up the aging process.

Above top left is a photo comparison of a prune kept in mineral oil and another preserved in Aloe oil. The prune in mineral oil is still shriveled and wrinkled. The oil obviously cannot penetrate and is just sitting on the surface of the prune. The aloe prune is plump and hydrated because aloe is actually able to penetrate and moisturize.

3. Waxes - Paraffin, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax - Waxes are widely used in cleansing creams, eye creams and moisturizers. Waxes clog pores, creating blackheads and white heads; they also smother the skin, which over a period of time creates an enlarged pore problem. Just think for a moment about these waxes. In solid form, waxes are thick, hard and waterproof. Yum!

4. Lanolin - A yellow, semisolid, fatty secretion from sheep’s wool is widely used in skin and beauty care products. It can cause an allergic reaction in some people, as well as enlarged pores. Lanolin is also used for moist wound healing, especially for breastfeeding mothers, and in this application I think lanolin is very effective. As an ingredient in skin cleansers or moisturizers, lanolin is very bad for the skin.

5. Petrolatum - This familiar, semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons is derived from petroleum. Literally, "paraffin jelly" or "petroleum jelly" -- it is not absorbed by the skin and suffocates the pores. All petrochemicals pollute our water and destroy marine life -- avoiding them is essential for humans, animals, fish, water, land and the air.

6. Acetone - Gas additive and harsh solvent used to dissolve Superglue. Found in significant amounts in nail polish remover, toners and astringents. Some side effects include kidney, liver, nerve damage and death.

7. Borax - Sodium Borate, Boric acid - Used in baby powders, bath powders, eye creams, skin fresheners, and protective creams as a preservative. Borax is rapidly absorbed by the skin, and despite repeated warnings from the American Medical Association, it's still widely used in skin care products.

8. Alcohol - Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40, Ethyl Alcohol - Alcohols dissolve the body’s natural moisture and strips the skin of its natural protection, leaving it vulnerable to infection. Alcohols also destroy the skin's natural pH balance and since they absorb water rapidly, alcohols speed up wrinkling of the skin. Drying alcohols can also cause the skin to lose its contour (similar to a balloon losing air). Once applied, these alcohols make your eyes water and your skin turn red, not very good selling points.

9. FD&C Dyes and Pigments - When this abbreviation precedes the name of a color, it means that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has certified it as safe for use in drugs and cosmetics, but not food. FD&C colors are usually synthetic, coal tar colors; they’re toxic and should be avoided completely. The worst is Red #4, a color pigment proven to be dangerous to the bladder and adrenal glands.

10. Synthetic Fragrance - This is a blanket term used by many manufactures to hide thousands of dangerous ingredients at once. Because so many chemicals can be hidden under the label, most are toxic, cancer-causing substances

Glycolic Acid vs Hydroquinone to Reverse Sun Damage and Decrease Hyperpigmentation

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Glycolic Acid vs Hydroquinone to Reverse Sun Damage and Decrease Hyperpigmentation

Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone have both been regarded as effective ingredients to help lighten hyperpigmentation and reverse sun damage.  But which is most effective while still being safe?

Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, though it is now often made synthetically. It falls into the set of ingredients called AHA's, or alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid is probably the most common alpha hydroxy acid and has the reputation of being one of the safest forms of alpha hydroxy acid.  Glycolic acid is a common peeling agent used in chemical peels and used at a strength of 30-70%, while over the counter strengths are generally less than 10%.  Since glycolic acid is an exfoliator, it safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface your skin, bringing fresh new skin to the surface.  Perhaps the biggest danger of a glycolic peel is burning the skin at high concentrations.

Hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production, meaning that it prevents skin from making the substance responsible for skin color. Hydroquinone does not bleach the skin but lightens it, and can only disrupt the synthesis and production of melanin hyperpigmentation.  Despite its effectiveness, it has been banned in some countries (e.g. Europe) because of cancer risk fears.

BlackBox Cosmetics, a natural skin care company that creates toxin free personal care products, recently released Revive Gx which is a glycolic acid product that contains a total of 5 AHAs in a proprietary combination and concentration of 10%.  Founder of BlackBox Cosmetics, Kevin Evans, says the most common skin condition improvements with Revive Gx have been:

1) A drastic reduction in fine lines, scars, sun damage related dark spots and pigmentation, and pore size.

2) Improved skin tone, clarity, evenness, and reduction in acne related breakouts. Many customers have reported noticing a difference in how their skin looks upon wakening.

So, while hydroquinone is highly effective, the cons may outweigh the pros and there are other safe alternatives available.