The Big Five

Five things you don't want to find in your skin care products!

#1 Water

If water is the first ingredient on the label, that product is 40 – 60% water. The more water in the product the lower the level of active ingredients. You are paying for water not the real goods. If you are like me, I already pay a water bill, why pay for more water in the products I purchase? If you wish to dilute a product, add water from the faucet.

You may think that so far the list doesn't sound so bad. Water in the products might be a good thing considering numbers 2 through 5 to follow.

#2 Sodium Laureth Sulfate

This is a foaming agent used as a car engine degreaser that can cause cell mutation leading to cancer. It cannot be metabolized by your liver and breaks down your immune system. One use stays in your system for 5 days.

The FDA encourages the removal of Sodium Laureth Sulfate from products, but it is not law. So why is it used?  It is cheap, like the rest of the items on this list. All of these items can be found naturally, but they are cheaper to produce synthetically.

#3 Parabens

A chemical preservative that mimics the good "natural hormone" estrogen in our body. It causes negative side effects. Found in most breast cancer tumors.

#4 Propylene Glycol

A sweet colorless liquid used in order for a substance to retain moisture content, prevents things from drying up. Propylene Glycol is one of the main ingredients in anti-freeze. It can be absorbed through the skin and carries a long list of harmful side effects.

#5 Color and Fragrance

When you see these words hidden cancer causing ingredients are involved. Many fragrances are produced from synthetic ingredients that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.

Mother Nature doesn't like to be messed with! When companies produce what is found naturally in a lab the harmless becomes harmful or even deadly, all to reduce production cost and increase profits. I repeat Mother Nature doesn't like to be messed with!

Now go check out those products you are currently using for your skin care needs. I mean it – get up and go look.  Check your toothpaste, shaving gel, body lotion, deodorant, body wash, and (this one is scary) salad dressing.

If you would like more information about the products you use from make-up, skin care, deodorant, hair care, shaving needs, even baby care, you might want to check out Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database at

Special Note:

Renewal Massage & Skin proudly offers Eminence Organic Skin Care Products, Deep Steep and Aromatherapy blends with Aura Cacia products. All lines are lacking the above "Big Five".

Renewal where we believe – the natural art of healing.

Assigned Categories:  Body Scrubs, Eminence Organic Skin Care Products, Skin Care, Aura Cacia Products, Aromatherapy, Facials, Deep Steep
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