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Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Products Review

Ava Anderson Wants You to Dump Your Toxic Skin Care

Many of us have heard about the possible hazards of certain cosmetic ingredients, but at the age of 14, Ava Anderson decided to do something about it. After reading a study by the Environmental Working Group, she developed Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, a skincare range that earns a zero toxicity rating on the EWG's Cosmetic Safety Database.

The line is free of parabens, pthalates, and any other ingredient that doesn't rate a zero in safety. To see what I thought of some of the products, read more.

The Ava Anderson line is set up similarly to Clinique's, with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer designed to be used together. The cleanser ($20) has a texture similar to Cetaphil, but it foams, so you get more dirt and oil removal. The witch hazel-based toner ($20) is non-irritating, and my skin feels really clean and soft after I use the two products together. The moisturizer ($19), which is by far the best deal in the line, smells like Fruit Roll-Ups, keeps my skin hydrated pretty much all day, and hasn't caused any breakouts. I like the products, but they're basic — so if you're looking for an anti-aging powerhouse, you may be disappointed. (Not surprising, since Ava's, you know, 16.)

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jlm1958 jlm1958 5 years
Honeysuckle Flower Extract, when used as a preservative as with these products, is a highly processed and highly concentrated paraben extraction. From a biological standpoint, they are virtually identical to the synthetic parabens we already know are harmful. As of this writing, there is no available evidence to indicate a naturally derived version of a paraben is any less toxic for the body than a synthetic version. For more information on this topic, search for Eliza Moriarty's article as published on the Organic Comsumers Association webpage.
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