The Safest and Most Dangerous Beauty Creams

by R. Carnavale | December 13th, 2013 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion
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face creamLike most women, you probably apply beauty creams to your face to enhance your looks, but did you know that many beauty balms and color correctors (BB and CC for short) contain chemicals and additives that are dangerous to your health? Cosmetics manufacturers often claim their products are anti-aging, brightening, balancing, protecting and renewing, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG), recently analyzed the ingredients, benefits and toxicity of the chemicals found in more than 100 BB and CC products and made some interesting findings.

EWG’s top picks include the following skincare products:

  • Andalou Naturals All In One (Untinted or Sheer Tint, SPF 30)
  • Boscia BB Cream (Bronze or Light, SPF 27)
  • Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm (SPF 40)
  • Jane Iredale Glow time Full coverage Mineral BB Cream (SPF 25)
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream (SPF 30)
  • Physicians Formula Super BB Cream (SPF 30)
  • Supergoo! CC Cream Daily Correct (SPF 35)
  • Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer (SPF 30)
  • Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage (SPF 20)
  • Ulta Flawless Finish BB Cream (SPF 30)

EWG’s “Products to Avoid” list includes the following popular skincare products:

  • Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream (SPF 30/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Bobbi Brown BB Cream (SPF 35/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Clinique Age Defense BB Cream (SPF 30/product contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Dior Diorsnow BB Crème (SPF 50/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Dior Hydra Life BB Crème (SPF 30/product contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream (SPF 30/product contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Estée Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit BB Creme (SPF 35/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Lumene Time Freeze Anti-age CC Cream (SPF 20/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance)
  • Origins Smarty Plants CC Skin Complexion Corrector (SPF 20/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)
  • Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream (SPF 30/product has a poor UVA/UVB balance and contains oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions)

EWG also discovered that the average BB and CC cream has about 40 ingredients. Hence, using one multitasking product instead of three or four sole-purpose products can reduce your exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. If your choice of BB or CC multitasks as makeup, for instance, that’s a good thing because three separate makeup and skin care products can expose a woman to 70 chemicals. In addition, some multitasking products provide everyday protection from the sun’s dangerous rays, which can cause aging and cancer. Best of all, multitasking products tend to lack harsh, hazardous chemical peels and bleaching agents like hydroquinone, a possibly carcinogenic skin whitener that the Food and Drug Administration wants to ban. Hydroquinone-based products are already banned in other countries.

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