Do you ever notice the same ingredients appearing in lots of skincare products? Stuff you never noticed before? This happened recently with phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is often used as an alternative to parabens. Now it’s happening again with allantoin—I’m suddenly noticing it in lots of products that I write about on this blog. Allantoin is a white powder that has no odor, and provides conditioning properties to the skin, according to the National Eczema Foundation.
The face shop
A few days ago, I contacted The Face Shop to ask why so many of the company’s sheet masks contain denatured alcohol. This morning, I received an email with the answers to my questions. Although the customer service rep recommended a product that wasn’t actually fragrance-free (even though she implied it was), she did introduce me to an interesting product line from The Face Shop: the Dr.Belmeur collection.
The Face Shop is a Korean beauty brand that launched in 2003. The company has gained popularity worldwide—there are even a few outposts located in NYC. Side note: The name always reminds me of The Body Shop, which was one of my favorite stores to visit at the mall as a kid. Anyway, a few months ago, I ordered a multi-pack of The Face Shop sheet masks, and I’m still working my way through them. This whole line of REAL NATURE sheet masks has quite a natural, attractive look. So imagine my…