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InstaNatural Skin Brightening Lotion (2015 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the InstaNatural Skin Brightening Lotion (2015 formulation) product label collected on November 05, 2015 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for InstaNatural Skin Brightening Lotion (2015 formulation) is 3.

Data last updated: November 2015

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Contamination concerns
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Appeared as: VITAMIN E ACETATE (TOCOPHERYL ACETATE)

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Fair
CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: GREEN TEA (CAMELLIA SINENSIS)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE)
Appeared as: LICORICE

Limited
FUCUS VESICULOSIS (BLADDERWRACK)
Appeared as: BLADDERWRACK

Fair

Limited
PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE)
Appeared as: POMEGRANATE

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA)
Appeared as: ALOE

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

Fair
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
Appeared as: VITAMIN C (SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE)

Limited

Limited

Fair
NIACINAMIDE
Appeared as: VITAMIN B3 (NIACINAMIDE)

Fair
UBIQUINONE
Appeared as: COQ10 (UBIQUINONE)

None
UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA EXTRACT
Appeared as: WAKAME BIOFERMENT (UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA CELL CULTURE EXTRACT)

Fair
ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL
Appeared as: PALM OIL

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited
CITRUS RETICULATA (MANDARIN ORANGE) OIL
Appeared as: CLEMENTINE ESSENTIAL OIL

Limited

Limited

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair

Fair

Fair
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: TOCOPHERYL

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited
PYRUS MALUS (APPLE)
Appeared as: APPLE (PYRUS MALUS)

Fair
LEMON
Appeared as: LEMON (CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM)

Fair
SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM (SUGAR CANE)
Appeared as: SUGAR CANE (SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM)

None
DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE
Appeared as: DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE (PEPTIDES)

Limited
CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS (LEMONGRASS)
Appeared as: LEMONGRASS (CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS)

Limited
ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C PALMITATE)
Appeared as: VITAMIN C PALMITATE (ASCORBYL PALMITATE)

None

Limited

Limited
PRUNUS SEROTINA (WILD CHERRY)
Appeared as: WILD CHERRY

None
TANACETUM ANNUUM (BLUE TANSY)
Appeared as: BLUE TANSY

Fair
CI 75300
Appeared as: TURMERIC

None
HYDRANGEA SERRATA LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: HYDRANGEA

Limited

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) OIL
Appeared as: ARGAN OIL

Limited
CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA)
Appeared as: GOTU KOLA

Fair

Limited
HORSETAIL (EQUISETUM ARVENSE)
Appeared as: HORSETAIL

Limited
TARAXACUM OFFICINALE (DANDELION)
Appeared as: DANDELION

Limited
GERANIUM MACULATUM (SPOTTED CRANESBILL)
Appeared as: WILD GERANIUM

Fair

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Green Tea (Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis), Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Bladderwrack, Wildcrafted Ginkgo Biloba, Pomegranate, Organic Aloe, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid 20%, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) 20%, Glycolic Acid 5%, Alpha Arbutin 5%, Squalane, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) 2.5%, CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) 2.5%, Wakame Bioferment (Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract), Lactic Acid, Palm Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Astaxanthin, Clementine Essential Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitamin E Acetate (Tocopheryl Acetate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Apple (Pyrus Malus), Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum), Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (Peptides), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus), Vitamin C Palmitate (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Wild Cherry, Blue Tansy, Organic Turmeric, Wildcrafted Hydrangea, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Propolis, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wild Geranium, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol

Directions from packaging:

Distribute a small amount of lotion on face and neck daily. For sensitive skin, use only at night. Can be used morning & night if you have normal to oily skin. For best results, apply after washing, toning and using a serum. Can be used under makeup.

Warnings from packaging:

CAUTION: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and a week afterwards.

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