Posted July 23rd, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on SPF

Sun Protection Factor- 


The FDA just mandated all sunscreen must have full spectrum protection UVA/UVB. The high SPF is only good for the UVB allowing the silent killer UVA to damage our skin causing MELANOMA. Effective UVA block is Avobenzone and Oxybenzone.

Products on the Market today proclaiming not to have this ingredient or that ingredient will not pass the test. Government agencies dictates what sunscreen ingredients can be used to be in compliant with the law.

Those without UVA AND UVB protection will need to post warning on their product, such as “Skin cancer alert; Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”


FDA’s Final Regulations:
The final regulations, which became effective June 18, 2012, establish a standard test for over-the-counter (sold without a prescription) sunscreen products that will determine which products are allowed to be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.” However, to avert a shortage of sunscreen in the upcoming months, the FDA has extended the compliance dates for testing and labeling until Dec. 17, 2012 for most over-the-counter sunscreen products. This decision followed a review of timelines and other data submitted by trade associations representing sunscreen manufacturers. Products that pass the broad spectrum test will provide protection against both ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and ultraviolet A radiation (UVA). Sunburn is primarily caused by UVB. Both UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. A certain percentage of a broad spectrum product’s total protection is against UVA.

Under the new regulations, sunscreen products that protect against all types of sun-induced skin damage will be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) on the front. The new labeling will also tell consumers on the back of the product that sunscreens labeled as both “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) provides the following claims:

• helps prevent sunburn

• If used as directed with other sun protection measures, this product reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.


It is well known that UV light can produce free radicals in the surface of the skin and that this leads to the damage associated with excessive exposure to sunlight, most often observed as redness or sunburn. The skin produces natural barriers that absorb the UV light to protect against damage. The interaction of solar UV with these natural barriers can produce free radicals.

The application of a sunscreen supplements the natural UV absorbers and protects against free radical formation and the associated damage that can occur. Even if sunscreens were to form free radicals, this would occur on the surface of the skin and would not affect the underlying structures.

Every sunscreen is tested in an SPF test to establish the level of protection provided by the product. These tests confirm that the level of damage in sunscreen-protected skin is well below what occurs in the absence of sunscreen application since there is no ‘redness’ produced. Moreover, even with doses of UV light, which do produce free radicals and redness, the presence of sunscreens blocks such reactions.

**Two recommanded websites for ingredient information:

– Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board. The CIRB was established in 1976 with the support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America:  www.cir-safety.org

– Personal Care Products Council, PCPC is the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industrywww.personalcarecouncil.org


7 Things to Avoid-


Posted July 18th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on 7 Things to Avoid-

In Your Deodorant-


The first thing you must do whenever you buy deodorant or any product that goes on your skin or in your body is to read the ingredients. They are usually in very tiny print on the back of the label. If you have trouble reading small print, carry a magnifying glass around with you so you can read before you buy. This is critical because what you put on your skin can be absorbed directly into your blood stream TEN TIMES FASTER THAN ANYTHING YOU CONSUME ORALY, and harmful ingredients in your blood can have potentially deadly effects on your body.


Here are 7 ingredients to avoid when choosing your deodorant:


1- Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds. Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body. It has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease.


2- Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl) are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical derivative.


3- Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm. Since 2000, 13 research studies have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in animals and in tissue culture. Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.


4- Triclosan is a skin irritant and may cause contact dermatitis. It may kill healthy bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. It may contain carcinogenic contaminants. It is stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.


5- Talc is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label, there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform fibers.

6- Propylene Glycol absorbs quickly through the skin and is a penetration enhancer. It may cause delayed allergic reactions. NIOSH says propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and may cause kidney or liver damage. The EPA says it’s not fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.

7- Silica is a skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.


** If you’d like to know more about product safety, keep following my blog for my next entry on SPF. Book a free one on one/ group consultation or information session through olga@olgakirnos.com**


Parfum? It Smells Fishy


Posted June 25th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Parfum? It Smells Fishy

It smells fishy and for a good reason.

We are often educated about the various hazardous ingredients that are put into our daily consumable products, but even then there are so many “hidden” facts that companies manage to run right by us without us being aware.

One of these “sneaky” approaches, is the term “Parfum” or “Fragrance”. If you go to your bathroom and pick up any of your cosmetic products and look on the ingredients list on the back, you will most likely find the words “Parfum” or “Fragrance” towards the end of the ingredients list.

But what these terms really mean is this: “Parfum” or “Fragrance” are patented umbrella terms that represent a mixture of dozens of chemicals. Chemicals that the cosmetic companies don’t want and don’t have to declare to us, the consumers.

Amongst the thousands of chemicals hidden under the umbrella term “Fragrance”, most of them haven’t been tested properly, individually and in combination with other chemicals. Many of these chemicals can trigger side effects like allergies, allergies and asthma symptoms.

“Parfum” is the second most common cause of allergy in dermatology clinis and individual fregrance ingredients have also been associated with Cancer and neurotoxicity.

Phthalates are another dangerous hidden chemical found under “Parfum” and “Fragrance”. Phthalates have been listed as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that they interferes with hormone function.


Here are two very insightful links for further reading:




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Mineral Oil


Posted May 15th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Mineral Oil

What Mineral Oil Really is-

“The name mineral oil by itself is imprecise, having been used to label many specific oils over the past few centuries. Other names, similarly imprecise, include white oilliquid paraffin, and liquid petroleum. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil.

It is a lightweight inexpensive oil that is odorless and tasteless. One of the common concerns regarding the use of mineral oil is its presence on several lists of comedogenic substances.”

Source: Wikipedia / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil


By “imprecise name” I would almost call it misleading more than anything. When I tell my clients about it, I often hear “Isn’t MINERAL Oil a healthy thing?” . The answer, unfortunately, is definitely “no”.

Mineral Oil is a by product of Petroleum distillation. After the distillation is complete, the residue left at the bottom of the container is then scooped up, processed and sold to cosmetics as an inexpensive ingredient to buff up the volume of a product.

Mineral Oil is considered a comedogenic substance. What it means is that the particles of Mineral Oil are BIGGER than our pores, therefore clogging them and preventing them from breathing and extracting toxins from our body, as they are meant to do.

It has been banned from products manufactured by the European Standards along with another 1,100 ingredients, compared to the very short list of banned ingredients in North America. Mineral Oil is an extremely common ingredient found in almost every consumable product in Canada. All you need to do is flip a few of your products and check out the ingredients list on the back.


Here is an interesting experiment to try at home:

Take two clear bowls, place a cracker in each bowl and then fill one with water and one with Mineral Oil. Leave it standing for as long as you like (10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days!) and share your results. What happened to the cracker?

After you try this, imagine the same results- just on your skin.

Our skin is meant to breathe and extract toxins, Mineral Oil clogs the pores and prevents a natural and very necessary process. Keep an eye out for it next time you are shopping for cosmetics and skin care, look for products that have AQUA in them instead.


** Check out my next blog entry about “Parfum? It smells fishy” 


Avon, Mary Kay & Estée Lauder Off PETA List


Posted May 14th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Avon, Mary Kay & Estée Lauder Off PETA List

Following my previous blog entry about Vegan products & cosmetics, I wanted to share a very important news update about three major companies who have been recently caught for doing Animal testing in China secretly, despite their cruelty-free front. They are now removed off the PETA Animal Testing free List.

Here is the full article by Michelle Sherrow. Source: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/tags/animal+testing/default.aspx


Avon, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder Paying for Tests on Animals-

Written by Michelle Sherrow

02-16-2012, 1:45 PM

After two decades of touting their “no animal testing” policies, Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay have quietly resumed paying for cruel tests on animals—without letting consumers know about this stunning about-face. After confirming with each company that chemicals are being dripped into rabbits’ eyes and that substances are being rubbed onto animals’ skin because of requirements of the Chinese government in order to market products in that country, PETA has downgraded the companies to our “do test” list.

All three companies were among the first large international cosmetics manufacturers to ban all tests on animals after being targeted by PETA. Avon was the first in 1989, following PETA’s “Avon Killing” campaign, a play on the company’s then-slogan “Avon Calling.” Mary Kay came next, after being publicly lampooned by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed in a series called The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos in his hilarious Bloom County comic strip. Estée Lauder soon followed suit.

For each test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal methods are available. Mary Kay had taken steps to work with Chinese officials on the acceptance of these tests, but Avon and Estée Lauder seem to have agreed to the tests without objection. PETA has jump-started the effort for non-animal test validation by awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists and regulatory bodies to replace animal tests in China.

Please let Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay know that you won’t buy their products until they are 100 percent cruelty-free once again. Fortunately for animals, you can still choose from more than 1,000 companies in PETA’s online searchable database of cosmetics and personal-care companies that don’t harm animals at home or abroad.

** M〮A〮C  Cosmetics is now owned by Estée Lauder, has also been removed off the PETA cruelty-free list.



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