The ingredients on cosmetic products can appear like a foreign language. Ingredient lists have endless strings of hard-to-pronounce words accompanied by (seemingly random) numbers and strewn with dashes. This is not only confusing, but it is intimidating. Unfortunately many of these ingredients are subject to attack from marketers and cosmetic “watch-dogs” that prey not on the quality of the ingredients, but upon the confusion surrounding them.
There is an enormous amount of unreliable and unsubstantiated information to be found on the Internet and from many other sources that are not basing their claims on relevant cosmetic chemistry or science. Most of this information is used in scare tactic format for the purposes of promoting a specific marketing and sales agenda, or by consumer advocate groups with the intention to “inform” consumers regarding ingredient safety. However, we have found that much of this information is inaccurate, because it is not based on research studies and accurate information.
Fortunately, Isagenix has an uncompromising commitment to consumer safety and welfare, and we go to great lengths to ensure the safety of all our products. This promise begins with our sourcing of only quality raw ingredients used in the formulation of the IsaDermix and Rejuvity skin care product lines. The bottom line: If an ingredient is not proven both safe and effective for the consumer, Isagenix will not use it.
It is good to be skeptical of what you read. We encourage you to look up the safety and efficacy of all ingredients present in the Isagenix skincare lines. However, many consumer advocate groups use an ingredient’s Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to reference its safety for their reviews and claims. It is extremely important to know that MSDS information is based on 100 percent concentration of an ingredient. This is where consumers get confused regarding the safety of skin care ingredients. You cannot compare the material safety data at 100 percent concentration with the extremely minute percentage doses used in skin care formulations—percentages regularly reviewed and recommended by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board. This is comparing apples to oranges. While many consumer advocates have good intentions, they confuse consumers regarding these misleading ingredient safety reports.
All ingredients used in IsaDermix and Rejuvity products have been thoroughly evaluated and reviewed by the Isagenix team of scientists and skin care experts to ensure quality, efficacy, and consumer safety. Isagenix only uses ingredients that have been well studied for safety and effectiveness and have survived numerous clinical and laboratory studies proving their long-term use and safety in the doses used in our formulations. For all ingredient reviews, the team relies on current, published scientific studies and assesses each ingredient in comparison to this information and in the context of its use and concentration. Only ingredients that have passed this review are used in IsaDermix and Rejuvity products. In addition, all of our finished products have been tested in an independent laboratory on people with different skin types for allergic reactions or sensitivities, and we are pleased that not one subject in any of the testing has experienced any type of skin reaction.
If you have some questions and concerns regarding ingredients in the skin care product, perhaps this list will help assuage some of your doubts. Our Research and Science Team we have assembled a list explaining some ingredients that often cause consumers concern. Again, please rest assured that our products are of the highest quality in source, safety, and efficacy.
Sodium Myreth Sulfate is the sodium salt of a derivative of Myristyl Alcohol, a fatty alcohol. It is used as a surfactant and cleansing agent used in shampoos, skin care products, and bath soaps. Myristyl Alcohol is a multipurpose food additive permitted for direct addition to food. The safety of Myristyl Alcohol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific safety data and concluded that this fatty alcohol was safe for use as a cosmetic ingredient. In 2005, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on Myristyl Alcohol and reaffirmed the above conclusion.
Disodium EDTA is a salt-derived chelating agent that improves cosmetic formula stability. It is commonly referred to as EDTA. The function of a chelating compound is to prevent ingredients from binding to any trace elements that may be present. Should these trace minerals bind with other ingredients, the product would have unwanted changes in texture, consistency, or even smell. There are no known adverse effects of this chemical compound when used in cosmetic (skin care) applications.
Cetearyl Alcohol is used in cosmetics to keep an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. It is also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and to increase foaming capacity or to stabilize foams. The safety of Cetearyl Alcohol has also been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific safety data and concluded that this fatty alcohol was safe for use as a cosmetic ingredient. In 2005, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on Cetearyl Alcohol and reaffirmed the above conclusion.
Dextran is a polysaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin. Dextran is designated as safe and classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.
Oleth 20 is an emulsifier, which holds water-based and oil-based ingredients together avoiding their separation. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Oleth ingredients were safe in the present practices of use.
PEG 12 & 23 are polyethylene glycols (PEGs) that have no known skin toxicity. Undocumented sources have circulated rumors that they have carcinogenic potential and can contribute to stripping the skin’s natural moisture. However, there are no scientific studies that substantiate these claims.