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UPDATE : Daily moisturisers may not provide the UVA protection they promise January 19, 2011

Here is the article :

 


MONDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) — Few facial skin creams that promise “broad-spectrum” sun protection actually measure up, according to new research.


Dermatologists evaluated 29 top-selling daytime moisturizers claiming to provide broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and found only a few offered reliable protection from harmful UV-A rays, which can penetrate glass.

 

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European Safety Committee : Parabens are Safe to use December 21, 2010

Parabens are safe to use as cosmetics preservatives although use levels for some of the compounds in the family should be reduced, according to a European safety committee.


The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has released its opinion on the, often controversial, use of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics products.


The family of preservatives has come under attack in recent years as critics claim they may have disruptive effects on the hormone system. However, the industry has consistently supported their use and submitted data to the SCCS on the safety of the ingredients.

 

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IPKN’s BB Cream : Safe for now November 2, 2010

I know this has been old news, but would like to follow up on the IPKN controversy.

Tests conducted by the Department of Health on South Korean-produced IPKN BB Cream, which made the news recently after it made a woman glow under black light, showed that while the product contains ingredients with fluorescent properties, the substances were not harmful.

Blemish balms, commonly known as BB cream, have become popular in recent years, as the product combines foundation, sun protection lotion and moisturizer in one mixture.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Kang Jaw-jou (康照洲) said a chemical substance called disodium phenyl dibenzimidazole tetrasulfonate found in the cream acts as a sun protection agent. The substance gives off a fluorescent glow under ultraviolet light, but the fluorescence has nothing to do with whitening agents that can harm the body or increase the risk of cancer.

“Many chemical substances have fluorescent properties … the glow itself is not enough to determine whether [a substance] is safe or not,” Kang said.

The FDA said that because the substance was not known to pose health risks, its use in cosmetic products was fully legal in Taiwan, as well as in the EU, Australia and many other countries.

On Monday, reports said a Taiwanese woman who had used the cream discovered while in a nightclub that her face was giving off a bluish fluorescent glow under the black light. The sheen made her fear the product could contain harmful substances or have unexpected side effects.

Fluorescent agents can be added to some products to increase their whitening property. Because there is no consensus on whether fluorescent agents can cause cancer, however, most countries do not ban them in cosmetic products.

Although health authorities did not find that the sun protection ingredients contained any hazardous substances, inspectors said they would continue testing to ensure that other BB cream products sold in Taiwan are safe.

Source : Taipei Times

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2nd Gmarket Order October 19, 2010

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Was taxed 35 euros !!!! I wish Gmarket was like Sasa, Adambeauty or Cosmo-beauty, where they mark down the price so it can escape taxes! 😦

 

Officials to test BB cream to ally consumers’ concerns

An official at the Department of Health (DOH) said public health offices have gathered samples of blemish balm cream, commonly known as BB cream, for examination following a media report that some of the products being sold in Taiwan stores have been found to have contained fluorescent dyes.

Some consumers complained that their skin turned blue, and glowed under dimmed lights at night clubs or pubs, making them look like Japanese geishas with heavy makeup or the characters from the movie “Avatar.”

Chang Chi-jui, section chief of the Medical Devices and Cosmetics Division at the Food and Drug Administration under the DOH, said the product samples collected yesterday morning will undergo close examination to determine if they contain optical brightener.

The product that has been highlighted is the IPKN (Independent Professional Korea New Yorker) BB cream from South Korea, where the product takes fourth place in terms of market share.

The Cosmed chain store selling cosmetics and medicines in Taiwan started offering the product in January. But many consumers have bought the product via the Internet.

Separate tests by two inspection agencies and a university professor showed traces of optical brightener.

However, the importing company of the IPKN BB cream said their products have passed the examination of SGS with negative test results for fluorescent dyes.

Chang said no conclusion has been reached concerning whether fluorescent dyes may cause cancer. No nation has prohibited the use of such chemicals in cosmetics, he said.

But the labs of the DOH will carry out tests to allay consumers’ concern and find the truth, Chang said.

He said the supplier did not specify that the product contains the chemical substance when it completed applications to enter the local market.

But the importer will be fined up to NT$100,000, and products will be removed from store shelves for violating the labeling regulations with a discrepancy between product and label, if fluorescent dyes are found in the products, he said.

Some toxicologists at leading hospitals and chemistry professors said fluorescent dyes could cause allergy or even cancer, or harm organs like the liver and kidney, when toxic substances are released from the product.

Chang said the DOH will gather relevant information for discussion by a panel of cosmetics experts to determine whether to ban the use of the products.

BB cream started off as a soothing treatment balm, which dermatologists and surgeons used on patients who underwent laser skin operations. Suppliers said the product represents a recent breakthrough in combining skin care and makeup.

Many women in Taiwan have joined the fad after some Korean actresses began to promote the product for sponsors.

 

Breaking News : Beware of IPKN’s Whitening BB Cream October 18, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Today, two Taiwanese inspection companies have found a strong quantity of ‘fluorescent whitening agents’ in IPKN’s Whitening BB Cream.

Firstly , what are these fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) ?

According to Wikipedia :

fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) are chemicals that absorb light in the ultraviolet and violet region (usually 340-370 nm) of the electromagnetic spectrum, and re-emit light in the blue region (typically 420-470 nm). Fluorescent activity is a short term or rapid emission response, unlike phosphorescence, which is a delayed emission. These additives are often used to enhance the appearance of color of fabric and paper, causing a perceived “whitening” effect, making materials look less yellow by increasing the overall amount of blue light reflected.

Optical brighteners have also found use in cosmetics. One application is to formulas for washing and conditioning grey or blonde hair, where the brightener can not only increase the luminance and sparkle of the hair, but can also correct dull, yellowish discoloration without darkening the hair. Some advanced face and eye powders contain optical brightener microspheres that brighten shadowed or dark areas of the skin, such as “tired eyes”.

Fluorescent whitening agents have been found to be carcinogenic. When exposed to large quantities, they may cause stomach, liver and kidney damage. The fluorescent agent itself may cause allergic skin reactions that product allergic dermatitis, eczema and even increase the burden on our liver and kidney.

However till this day, there hasn’t been any standards if Fluorescent Agents can be added into skincare products. Neither was this Fluorescent Agent recorded in its ingredient’s list. Further tests will be conducted and if found guilty, the company will be fined for NT 10 million taiwan dollars.

 

Skin Science 101 February 11, 2009

The human skin has evolved over roughly 7000+ generations. These genetically driven changes have been fueled over the millennia by selection for what is optimal for one thing only : Sex

Biologically speaking, skin has the same ultimate purpose as the rest of the human body : contributing to the continuation of species. As a result, the genes that were passed down to you and everyone you know are the good ones that produced a healthy, radiant, glowing skin, protected the body and most important of all : attracted a mate. The bad skin genes that caused disease, weakened the individuals, and turned off potential partners didn’t get passed on and were eventually lost from the gene pool.

The way our skin works in an intriguing manner, as seen in the different stages of life :

1) Babies – A baby’s skin is soft and supple to encourage its mother to take care of it

2) Teenagers – During puberty, the skin may look aggravated, angry, and out of sorts – but that’s just because it’s adapting like the rest of the body to the surge of hormones and physical changes – therefore you have the breakouts and acne.. etc etc

3) AdultHood
(or called, Child-bearing years – or for the guys, ‘attracting your mate’ years) 20-30 years old – This is when the skin really counts, as people who look their best are more likely to attract a mate. We cannot doubt how much the skin is to a person’s beauty. Those with clear, radiant, baby-smooth skin has the highest mark in the gene pool competition. It’s no wonder that the skin’s genetic program is designed to reach a peak during the courtship and reproduction years. This is when our skin looks the best. And keep in mind, these are the years that have been selected for maximum health with minimum maintenance.

4) OldAge – This is when it all starts to fall apart. After serving it’s purpose (attracting a mate and bearing children) , the skin starts to fall apart and take a dip.


Summary :
Skin was built for sex. Skin health peaks during the reproductive years ; after that ; we ALLLLL need help.

And it’s never too late to start to care for your skin (while you are in your 20’s and 30’s). – Daniel Yarosh