PROPYLENE GLYCOL, often called

PROPYLENE GLYCOL, often called "industrial strength anti-freeze"

Commonly used in moisturizers as a humectant. propylene glycol binds moisture to itself and is believed to hold moisture in the skin - keeping it soft and young. Proponents quote and maintain studies showing it to be a safe, effective ingredient. However, NEWAYS believes that propylene glycol is potentially harmful to the skin because of the following reasons:

1. Propylene glycol is used as industrial antifreeze and as hydraulic brake fluid. On the skin, it gives a smooth, greasy feel, but it does so by replacing important components necessary for healthy skin.

2. While binding moisture, propylene glycol also acts as a replacement for water. The skin cannot utilize it. The skin functions with water, not antifreeze.

3. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS) on propylene glycol indicate that contact with the skin can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. In many cosmetics, propylene glycol makes up 10% to 20% of typical product formulations. (Note: on most ingredient-content statements, propylene glycol is often found near the top of the list, indicating its strong concentration.)

Everyday, millions if not billions of people rub lotions and creams on their hair, face and body that are loaded with propylene glycol. Year after year they continue to use these products to make their hair and skin look and feel better. Ironically, year after year these "beautifying" creams assault the hair and skin with propylene glycol, and the end result is always the same - wrinkles and dull, dry, putty like skin. If you really want to preserve your skin''s youthful elasticity, health and vibrance, the first step should be to stop using creams that contain propylene glycol.