Most misleading label claims in skin care
this term is used like a security blanket in the skin care industry in that consumers often believe should they purchase a product marked with this term they will not react. What the term really means is "less likely" to cause reaction. No product can guarantee that reaction will not occur as every individuals skin reacts differently to each ingredient. Much like food intolerance skin has an intolerance to some ingredients including natural product.
Opens and Closes Pores
This one makes me angry and laugh at the same time.
If consumers would only understand that pores are not like doors, they do not open and close.
What you are treating is the tissue surrounding the pore. When product is rich in filler such as petroleum this can cause asphyxiation of the pore.
Should the filler remain in the pore it can cause the pore walls to stretch and become enlarged. Fillers will also create a build up on the skin much like floor wax.
The other hand of this is that products suggest that they will open the pore to remove the congestion within the pore. Again, the pore itself is not opening, products that will dissolve the cellular debris will soften the tissue surrounding the pore allowing for the congestion to be released.
The key word to look for on labels where companies are claiming natural ingredients is "CONTAINS". A product with the word contains natural ingredients means that the product is only partially natural and the natural ingredient used is often water. The remaining ingredients are often harsh chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients to which there is nothing natural about them.
This misleading term I have listed purposely after natural as any product claiming to be natural with the words fragrance on the label is misleading the consumer. Any product using the word fragrance, parfume or perfume is a synthetic ingredient and often associated with up to 300 different chemicals in the fragrance component alone.
This one has created the most buzz over the years as still there is very little FDA regulation on this label claim.
Again, key word is CONTAINS! The company can label a product organic if it contains an organic component. However, the remaining ingredients can again be harsh chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients.
My advise here is read the labels, check the companies websites and look for the words CERTIFIED Organics.
The word “organic” should not be used unless the product ingredients as well as the manufacturing process are certified as organic by recognized certifying agency.
Some of the most reputable are USDA (American with looser organic certification then Europe), Demeter International and Biokontroll both European with strict regulation for certification
Ingredients that should raise a red flag
This is one of the most useful guides I have come across listing the dirty dozen ingredients to avoid in skin care. Care of the David Suzuki Foundation
Mindy Biggar is co-owner of The Spa West 9th Street.