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Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand Dark Spot Brightening Serum

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand Dark Spot Brightening Serum product label collected on March 30, 2021 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 Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand Dark Spot Brightening Serum is 3.

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Data last updated: March 2021

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
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Occupational hazards
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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)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

None
ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID
Appeared as: 3-O-ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)

Limited

Fair

Fair
NIACINAMIDE
Appeared as: NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)

Fair

Fair

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
SALIX ALBA (WHITE WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Fair

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

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

None
CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT
Appeared as: CORALLINA OFFICINALIS (CORAL SEAWEED) EXTRACT

Limited
GARDENIA JASMINOIDES (GARDENIA) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: GARDENIA JASMINOIDES FRUIT EXTRACT

None
AZADIRACHTA INDICA FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT

Limited
AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited
OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT

Limited

Fair

Limited

Fair

Fair

Limited

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

None

Limited

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

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

None
TRIS(TETRAMETHYLHYDROXYPIPERIDINOL) CITRATE
Appeared as: TRIS CITRATE (TETRAMETHYLHYDROXYPIPERIDINOL)

Fair
ETHANOL
Appeared as: ALCOHOL

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None

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:

WATER, PROPANEDIOL, TROMETHAMINE, GLYCOLIC ACID, 3-O-ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TRANEXAMIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), SODIUM CITRATE, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS (CORAL SEAWEED) EXTRACT, GARDENIA JASMINOIDES FRUIT EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, GLYCERIN, ALLANTOIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CELLULOSE GUM, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT, SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE, BUTETH-3, TRIBUTYL CITRATE, TRIS(TETRAMETHYLHYDROXYPIPERIDINOL) CITRATE, ALCOHOL, TETRASODIUM IMINODISUCCINATE

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