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Harmful Cosmetic Ingredients You'll Want to Avoid


Wearing too much makeup on a daily basis WILL clog your pores and can speed up ageing. Even worse, there are ingredients you'll want to avoid.

It's not your fault they're in so many products and you deserve to know about them.

Here are three on my 'no, no' list  of ingredients to avoid:

  1. Mineral Oils

    Essentially a “filler” in most base products…like foundations, creams and primers. Mineral Oil has been linked to clogging pores. If you have issues with acne, whiteheads, blackheads and breakouts…you might want check your skincare!

    This ingredient prevents the skin to naturally perspire which clogs pores leading to acne related issues. Instead, go for organic ingredients Vitamins A, C, and E as an alternative to products with mineral oil.

    Coconut oil is one of the best ways to replenish the skin and helps to heal and rejuvenate damaged skin cells (our Pre-Eminent Beauty Serum is packed with these goodies)

  2. Parabens

    Parabens Just like smoking, it's well understood now that parabens are not good for you.

    Parabens have been known to increase sensitivity from the sun especially with longer UV exposure. This can lead to an increase in signs of ageing such as sun spots and wrinkles.

    All HighBorn products are paraben and sulphate free to leave your skin beautifully nourished and illuminated.

  3. Nail Polishes Nasties

    Toxic chemicals can not only harm your nails but smelling the chemicals and touching your skin with them is not ideal.

    Look for nail polishes that are free from the toxic 5 chemicals formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene along with the allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin.These harmful carcinogens can do everything from disrupt your endocrine system to some reports of potentially causing cancer over a prolonged duration.

    Brands that offer 5 free nail polishes can be used without any harmful side effects while preventing your nails from turning yellow and discolouration.

At HighBorn in our endeavours to help you look and feel fantastic (safely) we are actively looking at launching 5-Free Nail Polish and will keep you informed!

So keep your eyes peeled and avoid products with these ingredients! There are more to avoid and I'll be back with those in another post.

Have a fantastic day!

Tracey x

PS: No matter what; remember that you really are amazing and capable of anything and everything you put your mind to. 


Siobhan on June 11 2020 at 03:05PM

Am very interested in your products..I am 70 with good skin, have been using Elemis and Espa as cruelty to animals means a lot to me… other pensioners I do find it hard to buy products to help me look my best, but you do have offers from time to time and when my products are used up, I will try you.
Also pleased to know you will post to Canary Islands as I am moving there next year….

Lyn Baldwin on March 07 2020 at 09:54PM

I have been using Highborn products for 3 weeks and already can feel the difference. The moisturisers are fab, especially the night cream. It is so nice to wake up in the morning and your skin feels soft and hydrated – I’m on a repeat order. Thank you Highborn

Rosemary on May 02 2020 at 07:24PM

How come there are no comments since March last year except for one 6 weeks ago?

Janet on January 04 2020 at 08:22AM

Great!!! product’s Tracey the best my skin has felt in years,I’m 72 only been using a few months but will continue to order, have tried many expensive product’s over the years but none gave me the results which your product has.
Service and packaging excellent thank you Tracey.

Barbara Drage on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

Have been using the eye serum and face serum for a month now and feel my skin looks brighter than before. Also my wrinkles look softer, a miracle for me at 74! Will continue to use these products as they seem to be living up to their expectations!

Linda Rae on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

I have been using your products for a few weeks now and am so pleased with them . My skin usually reacts by turning red for a few minutes after applying cream, even ones that are supposed to be gentle, but this doesn’t happen with your products, so happy I found them. I am looking forward to hearing about your nail polish as I have a problem with nail polish , each time I use it my nails split and peel .

Caryll Scott on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

Have just started using Highborn products and love them, great that you are thinking about profucing nail varnish 😀

Sam Webber Cadby on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

Had been using several natural products such as Neals Yard and some hemp creams from Holland and Barret but my skin was feeling very dry and just looking dull and very flaky. Have used Highborn before and really liked it so with the fantastic offers on ordered another bundle. The serums, the eye cream and moisturiser are amazing and within a few days my skin is feeling so much better. It’s rehydrated and glowing and feels fresh which I love. Will not be swapping this again. Thank you Highborn.

Margaret Ward on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

I would love to purchase the full range but unfortunately my pension just won’t accommodate it so I just need to get a bit at a time. I know what my mother’s day request will be.xx

Andrea Walker on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

I just love this product my skin feels and looks good I have bought all the products and they are great.

Susan on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

Exciting news about nail polish-only wear it on special occasions because don’t like the way it leaves your nails when comes off. Looking forward to this new product. !

Jo Whyte on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

Thank you for this info Tracey.very informative!
Due for another order soon and keeping an eye out for 20% off xx

Loraine Wilkins on March 13 2019 at 09:44AM

I received mine 2 weeks ago and can already feel the difference, I’m really pleased with the products.Will definitely buy again,so glad l took a chance on it

Catherine Ellison on October 25 2018 at 11:22AM

Only tried the eye cream so far but really love the way it’s made the skin round my eyes look and feel. Less puffy and a more wide awake look. Keep up the good work and good luck for the future

Pamela Beaupre on August 19 2020 at 11:38AM

Do any of your products contain , my skin comes up red and scaly and itchy if I come into contact with it.

Rachel Dodds on September 07 2018 at 12:27PM

Just received my box of goodies today, can’t wait to get started. My skin is quite dull and lackluster at the moment so can’t wait to see the results – will check in again to let you know how I get on :)

Margo Barr on August 06 2018 at 07:22AM

I have been using Highborn products for a year now. My skin is so nourished and youthful. I am always receiving comments about how young I look. One happy lady!!

Sally Logan on June 07 2018 at 11:25AM

I have been using the HighBorn products for 6 days and am absolutely delighted about how my 70 year old skin looks and feels. I tend not to use nail polish because of the nasties and look forward to introducing it back into my life. Thank you Tracey and family.

Helen Bates on June 07 2018 at 11:25AM

Just received my full collection of Highborn, so excited to start using again, especially the cleanser and toner, only like using full range.. really really excited, love highborn, xx

Angela Maddison on May 16 2018 at 09:57PM

Highborn london products are fantastic I use all of them every day and fab service.

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