the privy skin care difference

What sets Privy Skin Care apart from other estheticians and spas? An important difference is our dedication to scrutinizing everything we put on your skin. We avoid all unnecessary additives, fragrances and chemicals.  All of the products we use have been thoroughly scrutinized and tested for your safety.  Most marketing claims made by skin care and cosmetic companies are unregulated (meaning no one checks to make sure they are true). Descriptions such as “hypoallergenic” or “natural” can mean anything,  or nothing at all.  In fact, most dermatologist agree that they have little or no medical meaning.  While the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from use in cosmetics, the FDA has only prohibited a few.

Where to start?

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your expose yourself to.  Educate yourself and do your research before you buy. Take care of your body, it’s the only one you’re going to get!

You can also visit the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.

Start small  

Pick out a small list of ingredients you want to avoid, and eliminate them from your products.  Once you’ve adjusted, and a few more ingredients to your list, until you’ve eliminated all the toxins that you want.  Here’s a few to start with:

Fragrance: It may help sell products from face cream to laundry detergent, but do you know what’s in it? Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world, responsible for allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. Buy fragrance free wherever possible.

Hydroquinone: A skin bleaching chemical that can cause a skin disease called ochronosis. In animal studies, hydroquinone has caused tumor development.

Parabens: (specifically Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl- parabens): Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products.  However, Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties. They are associated with increased risk of breast cancer,  and may disrupt the endocrine system, causing reproductive and developmental disorders. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.

What else can you do?

If you’ve had an adverse reaction to a skin care or cosmetic product, speak up!

•Contact your doctor

•Notify the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS) by phone at 301-436-2405 or by email at;

•File a complaint with the maker.

At Privy Skin Care, you can be assured that we take the utmost care in choosing our products.  And we are always ready to help you re-evaluate your skin care routine for the better! Call or go online to schedule your appointment today.