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Mary Kay Timewise

Mary Kay TimeWise Miracle Set Review

Reviewed by Marta March 18, 2013 48 Comments


A few amino acids


Too many controversial ingredients
Unfortunately the bad outweighs the good

Flicking through Essence magazine, I saw an ad for Mary Kay's TimeWise Miracle Set ($78).  Ironically, for a company whose brand messaging is all about empowering women, Mary Kay does very little to empower shoppers as to knowing exactly what it is that they are buying. Eventually, I managed to track down the ingredients for one of the Miracle Set products, the Age Fighting Moisturizer, on eBay.

Mary, Mary I now know why you don't want us to see how your garden grows. Up near the top of Mary Kay TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer is triethanolamine. According to Cosmetic Ingredient Review, Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there is a strong evidence that Triethanolamine is a human skin, immune system and respiratory toxicant. The likelihood of this penetrating the skin is increased by the presence of propylene glycol. Disodium EDTA is also a penetration enhancer.

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There are some controversial ingredients in Mary Kay's TimeWise, such as diazolidinyl urea. While it is fair to say that no available data leads us to confidently categorize diazolidinyl urea as toxic and carcinogenic, many well respected scientists and doctors still recommend avoiding it. In You Being Beautiful, Doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz include it on their list of ingredients to avoid. This is because it may be contaminated by formaldehyde. It is also a skin irritant.

I'm not sure how lauramine oxide got under the wire to reside in this moisturizer. Lauramine Oxide is approved by the CIR for use in cosmetics but with restriction limiting its use to rinse-off products; The International Journal of Toxicology reports skin irritation from Lauramine Oxide and recommends limiting its use to rinse off products at a maximum of 3.7% concentration.

Most of the rest of the ingredients seem to be fairly benign (although note a couple of parabens). For example, linoleamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate looks rather alarming, but is an anti-static agent and it seems to be without a cosmetic criminal record. Now what about the Age Fighting part? Well, that would be the eight amino acids and an alga that come last after 26 other ingredients.

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  • March 31, 2017

    by Roberta

    In response to Liz, how can you say that this person should obtain their information from a more reliable source! Look at the facts! These are the ingredients and have been for years... the science and research is out there on these chemicals. Our skin is the largest organ our body has - why would we want to put chemicals all over it? I understand wanting to stand behind your product, but, how can you promote a product that uses ingredients that are just plain unhealthy! Maybe you should get your information from a more reliable source!

  • March 11, 2017

    by MK User

    Do you of any complaints regarding Mary KayTimewise Repair Volu-Firm products causing respiratory problems i.e. asthma symptoms. Also, are there any sulfates or sulfites in the products?

  • July 27, 2016

    by Liz

    Mary Kay cosmetics had been around for over 55 years & has been ranked #1 in facial skin care & cosmetics the last 17 years in a row for quality, price & customer may want to obtain your information from a more reliable source...

  • May 12, 2016

    by Anne

    Mary Kay are selling in China who test on animals! They do not take any responsibility what so ever, saying they can only try to influence China not to!
    Surely the point is if MK had any morality at all they would not sell to countries
    Who test on animals. Many cosmetic companies including Prai refuse to sell to
    These countries. PETA have now removed MK from their list of companies who
    Do not test on animals. MK are disgusting money grabbing at the expense of poor creatures wh suffer horrendous pain!

  • November 16, 2015

    by Maria Teresa Honrada

    A safe and healthy discussions that benefits all women who wanted to maintain facial skin glowing; check and balance; at the end of reading pro and cons related this product is your decision, so be wise and beautiful

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