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Q. Ronna Sarvas Weltman, “I use Obagi products, and have had wonderful results. How does Previse compare and contrast to their regimen?”

A. Previse, “Thank you again for your question posted on our Previse Facebook Page.

Without knowing the specific Obagi product, or products, you may be using we chose to sample a variety of their formulas. The list below is not exhaustive, however the ingredients were culled from a variety of products offered by the company – and frankly most other national brands competing in the skincare category.  We encourage all our clients to read the ingredient label, and then compare to what we offer on Previse.  The ingredients we fault here are not in Previse products, nor will they be used in Previse products!

      • Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
      • PEG-150 stearate
      • Steareth-20
      • PEG-100 stearate
      • Methylparaben
      • Propylparaben
      • PEG-40 stearate
      • Butyparaben

Baddies you will not find in Previse
To help our clients navigate the often confusing, and certainly crowded, skincare category, Previse provides the following perspective on what we term “baddies”.  We continually monitor and evaluate emerging ingredients in our attempt to keep an active, and actionable, list of these problematic ingredients.  Please feel free to visit Previse, and our Nature & Nurture section for updates and additional details.

We also invite you to complete your Personal Skin Care Consultation to discover your Previse Skin Type.  At the conclusion of this intake diagnostic we further invite you complete your Previse Profile by clicking Proceed to Purchase, then take advantage of our BeautyStat click campaign to enjoy 20% savings on your Previse, three-step, three-minute regimen.

  1. PEG’s – PEG’s are polyethylene glycol. PEG’s are found in a number of personal care products including skin care brands, and may be listed as PEG-6, PEG-150 and Ceteareth-20 (PEG-20). According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the cosmetic industry’s own Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) committee, impurities found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide; 1,4-dioxane; polycyclic aromatic compounds; and heavy metals such as lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, and arsenic. PEG compounds also appear to be highly toxic to persons with damaged skin.
  2. Petroleum and Petrochemicals – typically found in lotions and moisturizers, these petroleum derivatives come from oil drilling as part of fossil fuel extraction.  They are certainly not a sustainable resource.
  3. Phthalates – Pronounced the-all-lates, these are a particularly nasty petrochemicals used as preservatives in personal care products. Phthalates may also be used in clothing, children’s products, food packaging, plastics and building materials.
  4. Parabens – expert opinion is that these controversial chemical preservatives can easily be absorbed into the skin and accumulate in fatty tissues.
  5. Sulfates – commonly found in skin care, shampoo and other personal care products. Most sulfates are harsh detergents and a known skin irritant.
  6. Synthetic Fragrances – fragrances are often used to mask unpleasant scents, or create a signature identity.  In a report issued by the National Academy of Sciences, “95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and synthesizers capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.” Synthetic fragrances may trigger headaches, nausea, or asthma for those with synthetic fragrance sensitivity. Synthetic fragrances may be further damaging to our ecology and lack aromatherapeutic benefits.
  7. Triclosan – this antibacterial agent under review by FDA.
  8. GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms are vehemently opposed by various environmental groups who question the safety of GMOs. These groups suggest that GMOs could introduce new allergens into foods, or contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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