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Paula's Choice Resist Brightening Essence (2018 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Paula's Choice Resist Brightening Essence (2018 formulation) product label collected on September 14, 2018 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 Paula's Choice Resist Brightening Essence (2018 formulation) is 3.

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Data last updated: September 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Neurotoxicity
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• 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

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (AQUA)

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

Fair

Limited

Limited
ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI (BEARBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI LEAF EXTRACT

Limited
MORUS ALBA (WHITE MULBERRY) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: MORUS ALBA ROOT EXTRACT

Fair

Fair

Fair

None

None

Fair

Fair

Limited

Fair

Fair

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Allantoin, Adenosine, Silanetriol, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Directions from packaging:

Apply 2-3 drops onto face and neck. For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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