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Active Versus Inactive Ingredients


Have you ever looked at the back of your beauty products and noticed the ingredients are usually split between the active and inactive? Without doing a bit of “google-ing” many people would have no idea what the difference between these are.

So, let us break it down.

Active ingredients are vital in carrying out the action or desired result that a product claims to deliver. These ingredients typically help to:

  • Boost collagen production
  • Treat face glycation: a process which is caused by the presence of excess glucose in skin fibers. This excess triggers an internal reaction in which sugar molecules adhere to the collagen and elastin proteins, which normally help keep skin firm and supple.
  • Fight inflammation
  • Assistance in cell regeneration
  • Aid speed cell turnover

Inactive ingredients are ordinarily in the beauty products for three core reasons:

  • As preservatives: To help uphold the shelf life of the lotion
  • As Emotives: To make the lotion smell, feel, and look nice
  • As Delivery: to help get the active ingredient to the skin

It is important to avoid some common Inactive ingredients that have a bad rep - for example, parabens, which are very common in beauty and skincare products. Check your closest product right now and most likely you will notice this. The reason why we want to avoid these kinds of inactive ingredients is because they have been proven to cause hormonal changes and may lead to illnesses like cancer. Fortunately, most high-end skin care lotions are paraben free now.

We all know skincare labels can be a nightmare. Especially if you are new to the skincare world or just unfamiliar with common ingredients. Starting to understand an ingredient list on a product is going to serve you well. The ingredients are normally listed from highest percentage to lowest percentage. Always make sure you know what you are putting on your face or body, by doing some quick research on unfamiliar ingredients.

Gloves In A Bottle, Inc. is incredibly aware of sensitivities, allergies, and safety of ingredients. This is why the company has made a promise to only use ingredients on the FDA’s most safe list and keep to botanical ingredients whenever possible.

Gloves In A Bottle is 100% free from all parabens, phthalates, triclosan, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), formadelhyde, toluene, propylene glycol, salicylates, gluten, latex, dairy, wheat, soy, peas, corn, animal products, animal testing, added fragrance, colorants, peanuts, and all other nuts.


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