Alche{me} formulates and produces its products in-house. We commit to using safe, traceable ingredients with dermatologically proven results. Using the latest R&D breakthroughs, we formulate with safe alternatives which multi task and are good for your skin as well.

What we don’t use is just as important. The 5 following active ingredients, nicknamed “nasties” are widely used in the beauty products industry to extend products shelf life or to improve texture. What they don’t do however, is offer any direct benefits to your skin.

Here are 5 ingredients that you should avoid having in your skincare products:

#1 PEGs (polyethylene glycols)

PEGs are petroleum based ingredient, widely used in beauty product to improve texture and product stability. The name to look out for in the ingredients list: polyethylene glycol or PEG

What is the problem? It can cause skin irritation and rashes, and its long term use dries the skin. PEGs may also get contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are carcinogenic.

What do we use instead? Camellia seed oil, a light fast penetrating oil which offers a smooth texture. Its high oleic acid levels also nourish and protects the skin.

 

#2 Parabens

Parabens are a widely used preservative which prevents bacteria and mold forming in your skincare. The name to look out for in the ingredients list: butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben

What is the problem? Paraben penetrates deep in your skin and stays there. A high concentration of paraben unbalances your hormonal system. That being said, each individual product has a very low concentration of paraben and is safe individually – it is more the cumulation across multiple products. Another issue with parabens: high levels have also been found in ocean animals as this ingredient stays around for a long time and washes out to the sea.

What do we use instead? We use natural anti-oxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin A as natural preservatives. These are combined with a new generation of synthetic ingredients with high preservative properties such as hexanediol, which also moisturizes the skin and is mild on the skin.

         

#3 Sulfate based surfactants

Sulfates are petroleum-based ingredients, widely added to beauty products to create lather.  The name to look out for in the ingredients list: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

What is the problem? Sulfates have a drying effect on the skin. They can also irritate eyes, skin, and lungs, especially with long-term use.

            

#4 Silicones

Silicones are synthetic polymer, commonly use in cosmetics to smoothen the skin adding a velvety feel.  The name to look out for in the ingredients list: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone copolyol, cyclopentasiloxane

What is the problem? Silicones may clog the pores, causing acne and congestion. Silicones are widely used in make-up product, thus it is important to deeply cleanse the skin to remove all residues.

What do we use instead? We use a biodegradable light moisturizing ingredient, derived from sugarcane. It creates an ultra-light texture with a silky finish. For skin smoothening, hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin for an immediate plumping effect, while millet seed extract tightens the skin cells network evening the skin texture.

               

#5 Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is an alternative preservative to parabens in beauty products, highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi and bacteria.  The name to look out for in the ingredients list: phenoxyethanol, 2-phenoxyethanol

What is the problem? Using phenoxyethanol in small amounts is not harmful, however because it is widely used in many products, multiple layering of this ingredient multiple times a day, every day can provoke severe skin irritations.

What do we use instead? We use natural anti-oxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin A as natural preservatives. These are combined with a new generation of synthetic ingredients with high preservative properties such as hexanediol, which also moisturizes the skin and is mild on the skin.

 

What about you? Are there any ingredients you avoid? Ask us your questions on ingredients and we will share our thoughts on them.

To learn more about our safe, traceable ingredients that are used in our formulations visit https://alcheme.one/about-us/