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Caress Glowing Touch - a license to shea whatever it wants

Is a Solution for:
Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta July 12, 2009 0 Comments
Caress Glowing Touch ($7) is a body wash that comes with "gentle skin brighteners" and something called "shea cream". Caress is really, really into shea. So much so, that the ingredients in this body wash are described as shea butter even when they are not.

To be sure, there is butyrospermum parkii and this, undoubtedly, is the Real McCoy. Butyrospermum is an African tree,  also called shea or karite. Shea butter is made from the tree's nuts and has all sorts of good things going for it - a natural UV protector, soother of eczema and dry skin treatment. Caress clearly believes that you can't have too much of a good thing and heralds that Glowing Touch has even more shea butter in the forms of glycine soja and helianthus annus.

Sorry to be pedantic Caress, but glycine soja is oil from soybean and helianthus annus (which may sound like, but is not, a hemorrhoid cream) is sunflower oil. You can shea what you like, but shea they are not.

Leaving aside this minor deception, there are a few reasons to pass on Caress Glowing Touch. It has several sulfates, which can cause contact dermatitis, while the Journal of the American College of Toxicology says that they have “a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties”.  Tetrasodium EDTA is a pollutant. Widespread use of EDTA and its slow removal under many environmental conditions has led to its status as the most abundant anthropogenic compound in many European surface waters. Etidronic acid is a skin irritant and must be fully rinsed off to avoid adverse reactions. Meanwhile, in high concentrations Methylchloroisothiazolinone can cause chemical burns and it is a skin and membrane irritant. It was largely removed from most cosmetic products except for those with only short duration skin contact such as rinse-offs. And methylisothiazolinone is a neurotoxin. And if all that hasn't put you off, note that BHT is considered a carcinogen in the state of California.

Ingredients

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 5 Cocamide, PPG 9, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Shea Butter), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ammonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, BHT, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Yellow 10 (CI 47005)

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