Skincare & Our Environment
Since Environmental Medicine is the study of people and their environment, I thought we could start with how SKINCARE can affect the environment, by focusing on one category of skincare ingredients in particular: Fluorocarbons.
WHAT ARE FLUOROCARBONS?
Fluorocarbons, a chemical where carbon is bound to fluorine, are potent greenhouse gasses that can form toxic compounds that accumulate in the environment.
In skin care, you’ll see these listed as Perfluorodecalin, Perfluoromethyl-cyclopentane, or other derivatives. As a skincare ingredient, they have a moisturizing effect, promote healing, and are known to increase the flow of oxygen to the skin. They often create a bubbling/foaming effect when applied topically and can be found in products promoting skin oxygenation, such as:
@biologique_recherche_usa Masque VIP O2
Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Titanium Dioxide, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Chlorella Sorokiniana Extract, Rhizobian Gum, Saccharide Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, C14-22 Alcohols, Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, Poloxamer 188, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate.
@sculplla H2 Caviplla Premier Caviar & O2 Multi Serum
Water, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Glycerin, Caviar Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Poly-L-Lactic Acid, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Plantago Asiatica Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Leaf/Stem Extract, Crataegus Oxycantha Fruit Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dextrin, Beta Glucan, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Ginsenosides, Allantoin, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Adenosine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/Vinyl-Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Fragrance
@circcell ABO +|- SERUM
Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Perfluorohexane, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Propanediol, Perfluorodecalin, Pullulan, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Glucosamine Hcl, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Nannochlorophloropsis Octulata Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Propyl Gallate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Tocopherol, Sea Salt Extract
@katesomervilleskincare DERMALQUENCH LIQUID LIFT® ADVANCED HYDRATION TREATMENT
Aqua/Water/Eau, Isobutane, Propane, Perfluorohexane, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Dimethicone, Perfluorodecalin, Propanediol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Linalool.
@glamglow BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask
Water, Glycerin, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Arginine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide Np, Sodium Pca, Sodium Chloride, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyquaternium-10, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Potassium Cocoate, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene, Citral, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol .
Also, can we all agree that propane should never be a skincare ingredient? Huh hem Kate Sommerville.
I’ve been known to do a lot of crazy things in the name of skincare. The results of this ingredient and its unique ability to carry more than 49% of its volume in pure oxygen are pretty amazing, but is it worth the cost to our planet? I’m going to have to say that’s a hard pass.