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Face Gum

Face Gum Review Summary

Andrea Abbott Cosmetics, Inc. GiveME5 Face Gum is an exfoliation treatment that is advertised as a product that helps with “wrinkles, sun damage, pregnancy mask, hyperpigmentation, and sun poisoning.” It prides itself in being an alternative to Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) products.

Alpha Hydroxy has been said to expose the skin to ultraviolet rays (UV), which, over a long period of time, could cause skin cancer. Of course, we believe the exclusion of AHA to be a positive aspect of the product; but, unfortunately, this product contains Parabens, which are also said to be a possible cause of cancer. Even so, we will examine the rest of the ingredients in this product.

Ingredients At A Glance
Face Gum includes the following ingredients: Water, SDAG-3 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Mineral Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl-cellulose, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Sodium PCA, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Methylparaben (and) Isopropylparaben (and) Isobutylparaben (and) Butyl-paraben, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Panthenol and Aloe Barbadensis Gel.

Ingredients In Focus
In most cases, when Parabens are present in a cosmetic product, they contain either Methylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, and Butyl-Paraben.

But, these are not the only potential damaging ingredients we have found in this product—, SDAG-3 and Triethanolamine are two others.

SDAG-3, or Anhydrous is also known to be a hazardous ingredient. Reports on this ingredient warn of the liver injury as a result of repeated exposure to it. Triethanolamine, is potentially toxic to the skin, as well. We suggest consumers to be alert to this ingredient in moisturizers, mascara, cleanser, styling gel and sunscreens.

The following ingredients are often found in skin care and cosmetic products and seem to have no reported negative effects: Glyceryl Stearate, or GMS or Glyceryl Monostearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl-Cellulose, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Sodium PCA, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, and Phenoxylethanol.

Panthenol, or Vitamin B5, is used as a moisturizer in many products, and Aloe Barbadensis Gel is also healing to the skin. In our opinion, these are the only two redeeming ingredients in this product.

The website spends a lot of time discussing that it is an alternative to AHA products. It explains that it includes “Keracell™”, but does not explain what this includes. It instead goes into detail of recommended usage for those who have skin with hyperpigmentation, those who are undergoing clinical peels and dermabrasion, and those who have psoriasis.

It does have many testimonials, but none of the endorsers list their last name.

• Product does not contain Alpha Hydroxy

Final Thoughts
We strongly urge potential consumers of skin care products to carefully view all ingredients in the product they are considering purchasing. Comparison shopping and research leads to the best possibilities of improving overall skin quality. There are products on the market that are specifically for wrinkle reduction and prevention, and we encourage consumers to do their research.

Two natural ingredients that are found in the skin and are actually work to maintain youthful skin are Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. Collagen makes up 75 percent of the skin’s dermal layer and Hyaluronic Acid is the hydrator of the skin. We encourage consumers to look for these two ingredients in anti-aging formulas.

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