Hellooo My Lovelies,
Bit of a different post today.
During the summer last year I found myself picking up a copy of the daily mail and I came arcoss an article that was called 'How your wrinkle cream could destroy your skin: The chemicals in cosmetics can trigger severe allergies' click here to read online version. The headline grabbed my attention immediately. The two chemicals in the firing line are Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone. Quite a mouthful I know! Basically these chemicals are preservatives.
The article looks at the story of Jean Clark, who had just purchased Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream for £48. the cream is supposed to leave you with younger looking skin with less wrinkles. But after using it her face was stinging. ‘It was a burning sensation as if someone had thrown acid in my face,’ she says. ‘My skin looked as if I had a bad dose of sunburn - my face was scorched, red and blotchy.' She was quite confused as she had been using Clarins products for a long time! Mrs Clark was not alone in the problems she was experiencing.
The perservatives Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone are found in dozen upon dozen of beauty and bathroom products. Dermatologists say that Methylisothiazolinone is second to nickel in causing soreness and redness and can lead to eczema.
What Does it Do?
Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) are added to water-based products to kill bacteria, viruses and mould. Without preservatives products would go off in two or so weeks of being opened.
For years companies have combined MI and MCI in products. So why the recent problems? Companies have started to use MI on its own and in higher concentrates.
Dr David Orton, of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy, says: ‘You can become allergic to anything at any time and there will always be someone who will become allergic to a particular ingredient. But over the last couple of years we have seen a growing rise in allergy to MI.’ You can develop them to something that caused no problems a year ago. It is not clear what causes the body to react like this, but once you have an allergy it usually lasts for life.
The key thing to consider here is YOU CAN BECOME ALLERGIC AT ANY TIME. This is really what scared me, I could one day be putting on my foundation and during that day my face could swell up, go red and be incredibly sore.
Allergies happen when ones body identifies a substance as being harmful - a allergen. The stats show that only one or two people in every hundred have skin allergies, but these were produced become 2005 when MI was authorised for singular use.
Because of this scare I have been trying to used natural products and I am reading the label to ensure I do not buy an item with MI or MCI in. Over the next few week I will be reviewing some of these products and seeing if they can offer a good alternative.
You will be gob smacked when how many popular items have MI used, I was.
PRODUCTS WITH THE DANGER ADDITIVES
Wet Ones; Nivea Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes; Femfresh Intimate Wipes.
Brylcreem Gel; Aussie Volume Shampoo; Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo; Boots Fruit Essence Goodbye Dry Ends Shampoo; Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Smooth and Silky Conditioner/Balsam; Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men; Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo and Hello Hydration Conditioner.
Dove Men + Care Shave Gel Sensitive; Gillette Fusion ProGlide Gel.
BODY WASHES, SOAP AND CLEANSERS
Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash; Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing lotion; St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub; Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser.
Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream; Nivea Lotion; Nivea Pure & Natural Day Cream; L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream; Johnson & Johnson Piz Buin One Day Long Sun Lotion; Nivea Pure & Natural Cleansing Toner; Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Age Spot Hand Cream; Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula; Vaseline Hand Cream Anti Bac; Nivea Pure & Natural Long Lasting Moisturiser.
Let me know if you have come across MCI or MI.