So do you ever look at the label on your skincare or makeup and say, “Hey why is ________ in there?” Because I do. All. The. Time.
I visited the Que Bella website where it says:
Welcome to Que Bella, where hair and body-care gets fun and fruity. We take the most effective natural ingredients and turn them into gorgeous body-care products just for you.
Interesting, because when you flip the mask over to read the ingredients I see Polysorbate 20, which is not natural. Also natural does not mean organic. Those are 2 totally different things. Which brings me to this post!
What is actually in this mask to help me!?
First off, why do we have labels?
Because people need to know how a product is intended to be used, how much product it contains, if there any warnings and where it comes from.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetic labeling under the authority of both the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) . These laws and their related regulations are intended to protect consumers from health hazards and deceptive practices and to help consumers make informed decisions about the personal care products they purchase.Federal regulations require ingredients to be listed on cosmetic product labels in descending order of concentration. Because cosmetic ingredients are often complex chemical substances, the list may be incomprehensible to the product’s average user. However, if the same name is used by all manufacturers, consumers can compare different products and make reasonable judgments about them.” from Cosmetic Ingredient Labeling
Good to know. But still, what is really in the mask…. that is now on my face.
Let’s work our way down the label…
Bentonite: It is classified as a silicate, and because this mask is intended to clear pores which most of the time become clogged from excess sebum (oils) my guess is that it sucks out moisture from the skin. Being that it is the 2nd ingredient, it is 2nd in quantity, with water being the 1st.
Kaolin: another silicate, also a very popular type of clay used in mud masks. 🙂
Stearic Acid: this is a fatty acid, meaning it comes from vegetable fats and oils… sometimes animal fats and oils. It’s commonly used as a surfactant which translates to: a wetting agent, aka. soap. This ingredient makes water wetter, which in theory should help you to get your skin really clean.
Propylene Glycol: another surfactant, but with emollient or skin conditioning properties. Hmmm… I’m seeing a theme here…..
Polysorbate 20: this is a surfactant which is also an emulsifier. It helps everything to dissolve, because through the miracle of science it make it possible to mix oil and water. Like the tea tree oil in the mask. By no means does this make polysorbate a “natural” ingredient though. In fact, the little “20” next to the name should be a red flag to you when you are reading this label if you really follow a chemical free lifestyle.
This ingredient should cause a red flag no matter what lifestyle you live. The reason being,
“Polysorbates are surfactants that are produced by reacting the polyol, sorbitol, with ethylene oxide. The number in the name of the Polysorbate indicates the average number of moles of ethylene oxide that has been reacted per mole of sorbitol.” – Cosmetics Info.org
And now you’re saying to yourself, “Wow she has a serious problem with polyso–whatever.” And you would be right, because in order for this ingredient to get the little “20” next to it- means ethylene oxide. Ethlyene oxide helped to create this ethyoxolated compound. Ethylene oxide is a toxic, flammable gas. 😦
So let’s say this was a perfect world, and this company went and basically removed the traces of this crappy chemical (and others), the people that would remove the ingredient would be exposed and then the people that manufactured this mask were in all likelihood exposed to this carcinogen, ethylene oxide- which really makes it so much worse! Plus it still isn’t a “natural” ingredient, which is what this mask is supposed to contain….
Also how come I still haven’t seen any tea tree oil or witch hazel in this mask and I’m on the 6th ingredient?
Anyhow the point of all this is….. read the label. Reading the label saves your skin. It saves your health. It keeps you from spending $45 on primer when you could buy it for $6 because when you read the label you’ll know that you are just buying Cyclopentasiloxane 🙂