Mary Kay Moisturizers and Parabens

oil free hydrating gel


Parabens are antifungal and preservatives that are widely used in cosmetics. Because it is easily absorbed through the skin and is generally considered non-irritating they can be found in many beauty product ingredient and is used to prevent fungal growth and to generally preserve formulas.

Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens in cosmetics. Other chemicals in this class generally have “paraben” in their names (e.g., isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, etc.).

It is a controversial product and has been linked to breast cancer.  Therefore I’ve decided if it is possible to avoid this particular ingredient.

There are many articles on the internet telling about the dangers of paraben and how it alters your hormones which may cause tumors.


Additional Reading:  Parabens and Cosmestics  (Summary  – Parabens can be absorbed into our skin)


Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Gel


Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Algae Extract, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Sulfate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Propylene Glycol, Paraffin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, PEG-4 Laurate, Propylparaben, Sorbitol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Carmine


Personal experience with the product

I have used this product when I do the Water SPA. It is absorbed easily into the skin and helps to keep your skin moist.  It does work well as a moisturizer but as you can see it has a few qquestionablee ingredients.

Mary Kay Oil Free Hydrating Gel


Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Proline, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Threonine, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Dmdm Hydantoin, Ext. Violet 2, Red 40


Personal Experience with the product


I like this product as compared to the TW moisturizer as it is more hydrating and less sticky.  However after learning the breakdown of its combination I have decided to discontinue the use of the product and look for a “Safe” alternative after I have used up my existing  stock.


mary-kay-botanical-effects-cleanse-formula-2-z1Mary Kay Botanical Moisturizers


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, CetearylEthylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Betaine, PEG-100 Stearate, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, NymphaeaGigantea Flower Extract, MomordicaGrosvenorii Fruit Extract, SilybumMarianum Fruit Extract, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-4 Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, IodopropynylButylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

Personal Experience with the product

The boys and I have tried this mositurizer. I don’t find it moisturizing enough for my aging skin as it is more suitable for youths. It also doesn’t really smell as good as the other moisturizers.  The texture is also too watery for my liking.

tw moisturizer


Timewise Age- Fighting  Mosturizer


Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Behenyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ceteareth-20, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Silica, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Lauramine Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, C9-15 Alkyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitol, Propylparaben, Serine, Threonine, Proline, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment

Personal Experience with this product

I found this Moisturizer quite “light” on the skin and not as hydrating as the oil free hydrating gel.