Skincare Expert Michele Koo Dishes About Ingredients

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Dr. Michele Koo is a board certified, plastic surgeon and founder of "Dr. Koo Private Practices" skincare. Dr. Koo completed her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Stanford University and her doctorate at Washington University Medical School. Dr. Koo is a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon with over 27 years in practice helping thousands of patients to improve both aesthetically, and in turn, emotionally. You can find everything you need to know about "Dr. Koo's Private Practice" at

Why Should Someone Look at the Ingredients of the Makeup They Are Purchasing?

There are many “hidden” ingredients in fragrances, preservatives, and “thickening” agents that can actually secrete formaldehyde over time.person holding various items

Are Makeup Ingredients Always Easy to Find? What Should One Do if They Are Unable to Locate the Full Ingredient List?

There should be a contact or FAQ sheet from the brand. If they are a worthy and authentic brand, they will answer your questions. Being your own advocate is “essential” when applying products next to eyes, mouth, lips (mucous membranes) which have a very high possibility for absorption.

While the quantity of these potentially harmful substances is small, repeated daily applications may result in a cumulative effect that could be detrimental over time. Furthermore, the action of these “tiny” amounts of ingredients can be potentiated with UV and other exposure (smoking, alcohol). The total number of personal care products, in addition to cosmetics that we use, is quite large. All of this put together can lead to an accumulation of potentially harmful ingredients.healthy ingredients

What Are Some of the Most Beneficial Ingredients to Look for in Makeup?

Aloe, jojoba esters, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ceramides, Tocopherol, Phytonadione, and Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride.

What Are Some Makeup Ingredients That One Should Definitely Stay Away From?

Fragrance (this is NOT a scent which is a naturally occurring smell, i.e., eucalyptus, peppermint, etc.), parabens, phthalates, DMDM Hydantoin, (hidden in preservatives and thickeners, emulsifiers).ingredients in a lab

How Are Some Companies Able to Get Away With Including Certain Ingredients in Makeup That May Be Harmful?

I wouldn’t really be able to speak to that accurately. Many of the very large companies such as Proctor and Gamble and Unilever produce massive amounts of personal care products and would be forced to place some type of preservatives in their products for safety reasons, as they have massive inventory and manufacturing runs.


Attribute to Dr. Michele Koo: board certified aesthetic plastic surgeon and founder of the skincare line Dr. Koo Private Practice 

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