What We Leave Out
The majority of brands selling tinted moisturizers are adamant that their synthetic formulations yield wonderful results– to us, that reveals their lack of passion about avoiding the potential dangers of those same ingredients. Some may use a blend of natural and synthetic ingredients, which is a great start, but simply not enough to protect the consumer. We’ve dug deep into the ingredients lists of the other tinted moisturizers out there, to help illustrate the glaring difference between their formulations and ours. Here’s a little peek…
Octinoxate is an active ingredient in many tinted moisturizers meant to absorb and block UV rays. This chemical has been heavily linked to endocrine disruption, due in part to having hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. It has also been flagged as causing biochemical or cellular level changes and organ system toxicity– not to mention being terrible for the environment as it breaks down. Isobutylparaben and Butylparaben are other known endocrine disruptors, which have been tested by both the CDC and European Commission on Endocrine Disruption. Isobutylparaben has been mentioned as being an even more endocrine-disrupting paraben that Butylparaben itself.
Polysorbate 60 should raise a red flag right off the bat, since there’s a number in the title. Natural ingredients don’t need numbers! This is a thickening, oily chemical compound used to make formulas feel smooth to the touch and easily blendable. It’s also used as a fragrance ingredient to mask the unpleasant chemical smells in tinted moisturizer formulas, and has been linked to organ toxicity.
Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative and stabilizer in cosmetics and personal care products, like tinted moisturizers. It’s meant to limit bacterial growth in products, which is great– but there are natural ingredients which can be used instead. This ingredient has been linked to allergic reactions ranging from eczema to skin and eye irritation. This one has also been linked to organ system toxicity.
Dimethicone is used as a conditioner and skin-lubricant. This silicone-based polymer coats any skin it touches, leading to suffocated pores, interference with natural oils and natural shedding of dead skin. It has also been linked to organ toxicity. Also be on the lookout for it’s cousin, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone— try saying that one 10 times fast!
Aluminum Distearate is an aluminum salt of stearic acid, and is linked to things like organ system toxicity and bioaccumulation; meaning it’s not a great thing to apply onto your skin day after day.
Sodium Metabisulfite is a synthetic salt that is used as a preservative for cosmetic formulas. It’s linked to many high and moderate side effects including skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, respiratory disruption and organ toxicity.
When you review the long list of complicated, synthetic chemical ingredients used in conventional tinted moisturizers, you’ll realize just how few you recognize. When we formulated our Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizers, we had to begin by making them as safe as possible. From there, we focused on benefits for the skin. Our final non-negotiable goal was to achieve healthy, radiant skin and a finish like no other product on the market– let alone the natural market. When you experience the results, we hope you’re just as smitten as we are!