Professional Skincare: LimeLight by Alcone:
I am going to go through the ingredients in the skincare line of LimeLight by Alcone and we will discover why and what they do, I am going to start with my first and favorite product…makeup remover wipes. Let’s get to know this line together!
Holy guacamole you guys!!! The first thing I do when I get home is take off my makeup. I just want it off and to get on with my day. My eyes are super itchy this time of year and therefore really sensitive to anything on them. I grab a wipe (I have NEVER needed more than one) and I am done. It gets all the mascara off AND the eyeliner and my skin feels awesome after. What makes them so powerful, gentle and fabulous!!!??? Let’s look:
Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydroxycitronellal. Let’s find out what all of that stuff is, one at a time then together.
I am using the EWG database of cosmetics ingredients. They are really tough on ingredients which is good, but also sometimes we need to put that into a perspective, let’s look…
Water: Water…the stuff that makes it wet
Glycerine: Glycerine also known as glycerol is a humectant that draws moisture from the air to your skin, it is also used as a sweetener. Glycerine is nontoxic.
Polyclyceryl-4 laurate/Sebacate: the origins of this is Coconut fruit and Palm fruit, the role is an emulsifying (an agent that helps two things mix completely) agent or a solubizing (something that makes fats more soluble or dissolvable) agent and is considered a low hazard ingredient on a scale of low moderate and high hazards.
Sodium Benzoate: is a preservative. It is antifungal. The overall hazard is low. The reason this is important to me as an herbalist is this: mold. When you mix water with oils you are going to get mold. That is the long and short of it. I have NEVER been able to mix the two and not get mold eventually. Here is where the balance comes in, sometimes we need things that are not organic to get the job done safely; even though mold is natural it also will cause a world of hurt on your skin. This is one of those times. EWG is ok with it and calls it a low hazard…Im going with that recommendation
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate: Overall hazard super low, this is a Chelating Agent. Chelating agents make sure no minerals adhere to the skin from any source (especially water) and help with the preservative effects
Ethylhexyl Stearate: is another superlow hazard ingredient and looks like a long chain saturated fat of some kind…or a wax, in fact it is an emollient derived from plant oil and is a solvent for some substances in cosmetics…which makes total sense, because it’s a makeup wipe.
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: super low health concern score…good so far right? This is a thickening agent or binder and helps to stabilize emulsions. Both good things, this is not a natural ingredient but it is also not an ingredient that is likely to cause an issue either.
Xanthan Gum: polysaccharide (a type of sugar) and thickener, its probably in your ice cream and is used in gluten free baked goods.
Tocopheryl Acetate: is a mixture of vitamin E oil and acetic acid (vinegar). This is used as an antioxidant and skin conditioning agent. This has a low to moderate rating because it has been identified as a possible skin irritant because it may be contaminated depending upon how it is sourced. High doses had sketchy results with rats.
Phenoxyethanol: fragrance ingredient and preservative. Low to moderate concern for hazard.
Dimethicone: skin conditioning agent, emollient, skin protecting, lubricating: silicone-based oil. Low to moderate overall hazard.
Isohexadecane: super low health concerns, it is a petroleum byproduct, it is used as a skin conditioning agent.
Butylene Glycol: super low health concerns, a small organic alcohol that is used as a solvent and conditioning agent which makes sense as it is used to break down makeup which is usually oil based.
Linalool: moderate hazard. I was super surprised about that as linalool is a major component of lavender essential oil and a number of other essential oils in the EWG database. The International fragrance association codes and standards recommends restricted use in cosmetics. I did a deep dive on linalool and found that the problem with linalool is when it becomes oxidized which in this application is not a factor. Actually Linalool has been looked at to treat tumors of various types. (http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/qa/2011/3/9/linalool.html) check for yourself.
Rosa Centifolia Flower Water: Super low overall hazard. The queen of the rosewaters. Rosa centifolia rose water is the most expensive and is for mature and fragile skin…sooooooo healing and emollient and luxurious…yumz! Times 10! I use that sh*& on everything…skin protectant and conditioning.
Hydroxycitronellal: this has a moderate+ health concern. According to EWG “…a common scent ingredient produced synthetically from naturally occurring scent chemical citronellal.” The scent is lily or sweet melon, and is used as a masking scent.
Overall: I am impressed that they have gone out of the way to obtain sensible and effective ingredients for this product. Overall the ingredients are very low hazard making it a great product especially for people with a current chemical/disease load (everyone). It really does work and only uses one fluffy towel that you can use both sides of which is crazy! The towel is really pretty thick as makeup remover towels go. The ingredients are low impact on the body…the only one that raised an eyebrow was the last one. I might change that one, but that is just me and I didn’t ask them their reasoning for using that instead of citronellal or another scent. That is my report on this product…I love it!!! ~ ©2018 Donna Bass B.S., MH, Cos.
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