It seems like there's been an explosion of beauty tester kits you can sign up for and receive in the mail. I've signed up to check out a few of them, and so have some of the women who work in Bioelements office of Strategy and Support in Chicago. It can be exciting – you get a new package in the mail and get to sample new makeup, nail colors… products you normally wouldn't purchase and brands you haven't heard of before.
But over the last few months, we all came to the same conclusion, as we continually opened and tested the skin care products – like moisturizers, eye cremes, and body products: So many of them were made with bad ingredients.
One look at the ingredient label of a popular brand's peppermint and lavender lotion proved it was packed with "parfume/fragrance" – there was no natural peppermint or lavender to be found in it. And a high-end department store eye creme was shockingly filled with dye – both Yellow no. 5 and Blue. no 1. Who would want dye anywhere on their skin – let alone near their eyes?
As a professional skin care formulator for over 20 years, I have only chosen to create products with ingredients that benefit the skin. I have never understood why someone (or some corporation) would add an ingredient if it didn't clearly help the skin. I can tell you right now that "Fragrance" does not help the skin. Yellow no. 5 doesn't either. In fact, both can have negative effects.
Many Bioelements skin care products do have what is often referred to as a "signature scent" – it comes from our essential oils and botanical extracts. If you're looking for Lavender, you can find real "Lavendula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil" in Bioelements products like Decongestant Cleanser and Kerafole – it was selected to help purify the skin. And real Peppermint is called "Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil" – you can find it in Ultra-Rich CremeTherapy. It's used to revitalize and refresh skin.
Have a question about skin care ingredients? Let me know in the comments. And don't forget to sign up to join the thousands of professionals who receive exclusive deals, professional tips and new product info from Bioelements.
One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.
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