Shame on you! Lindi Skincare

We all know that the cosmetics and skincare industries, more than most, rely on a mountain of deception, promises that never come true, and spinning fantasies in the name of selling products to consumers. Hey, but this is nothing new.

As you know from my previous posts, I really can't stand manipulating consumers especially by misrepresenting science. And the worst offenders are the physicians who market less than the truth to their customers as well. Please see my posts on Dr. Perricone as well! Lindi (although not founded/formulated by an M.D.) is another one of these "pseudo-medical" seeming skincare lines.

What's this all about?
Now let's get to why LINDI SKIN skincare line is the target of this post now. This line has been targeted towards cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments. It's always good to have a niche to market a skincare line, but to aim a skincare line towards cancer patients, it better have the goods to back it up! Sadly for the Lindi Skin line, it doesn't seem to. So what we have here is an unsubstantiated product line claiming it can help cancer patients' skin problems, however, it seems to have no credible evidence behind these claims.

What's the logic?
It doesn't even seem, according to the packaging and formulas, that this line could even possibly be aimed for the most sensitive of skins.

What's inside?
Check out the ingredients.
Body Lotion contains Deionized Water, Astaxanthin Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, PEG 100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract (Chamomile), Phenoxyethanol (Plant Derivative), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Arginine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance).

This ingredient list, like the rest of their products, contains nothing unique that is not found in other products. The only thing that may be less commonly found is the astaxanthin extract. If, then, this is a secret ingredient there's no mention of it at all as being the active ingredient.

Pay special attention to the bold items above. First of all, Fragrance is the most common cause of skin reactions. For those with the most sensitive skin (much less chemo patients)  I would never recommend products with fragrances! In addition Phenoxyethanol is not even able to be used in some nations for cosmetics. If you want to read all about the possible hazards of Phenoxyethanol just to go to the Environmental Working Groups evaluation of this Phenoxyethanol. I'll talk more about next.

Take it one step further:
From my previous posts (here and here) you all know about ingredient labels, right? Ingredients have to be labeled in descending order of their amount present in the product until you get below 1%. Well, what the heck? Phenoxyethanol is the preservative in this product. And what??!?! Either there is so much of this preservative (more so than all those other yummy ingredients following it) or there is less than 1% of all of those! Either way it is quite unusual to see this sequence of ingredients. Hmmmm? Is this a mislabeling?

Well I can tell you what is poor labeling, the fact that phenoxyethanol is followed by "(plant derivative)". Not so fast! It's seems to pass over the fact that this ingredient is really a synthesized preservative. (Side note, after fragrance, preservatives are probably the #2 cause of skin reactions). I'm not saying you shouldn't have this preservative, don't try to make it seem like a quasi-natural "yummy" ingredient. It simply isn't.

What about the website
Here's where it gets really shady. There is a list of cancer treatments/drugs and the products recommended for those conditions. Now this is pushing ethical boundaries, seemingly as if those products are specifically helpful for specific treatments. Where's the proof? Well, you won't find any of it on the website because there is none.

What you have is a bunch of highly-medical jargon thrown around. For any non-medical professional, this can make everything confusing/convincing enough that there is indeed some medical benefits that they simply just can't make out. Take this line for example "It is our belief that individuals on treatment and/or are neutropenic, and/or are at risk of infection are best served by skin care products with an appropriate preservative system."

And this is aimed at cancer patients?
What's wrong with the Lindi Skin lip balm? Remember my post about lip balm pots? If anyone is being treated for cancer, especially with chemo, their immune system is seriously debilitated. This means that cancer patients undergoing treatment are at much higher risk for infections (by germs). Why the heck would you market a lip balm pot especially for these patients? Using the finger to apply lip balm only increases the chance of putting possibly infectious germs on your lips! This is not an added risk you'd want to give to those with cancer and compromised immune systems! The fingernails is one of the dirtiest parts of the human body.

I hope you can see why this line really irritates me. Targeting cancer patients undergoing treatment is especially reprehensible unless the product has some serious & sound backing behind it. There is nothing unique or special about the formulas that can be proven that it is better than other products for this patient population.

I please ask, if any company is marketing a product to special groups of people (especially those undergoing extremely serious cancer treatments) ASK FOR THE PROOF: studies that compare this product's performance as superior to others!

**I have no financial or other interest in Lindi Skincare. This post represents my opinion. And I would certainly not recommend this line to cancer patients whatsoever.


Anonymous said...

This is so freakin sad. I guess people will do anything to make a buck. Thanks for shedding the light.

Anonymous said...

I went on the website after reading your blog post, and it is pretty sad that they would market these products as they do.

The ingredients don't seem to have anything to them. Dr David, can you tell me if it's legal for them to do this?

Lani said...

I know for a fact that at least one of the developers of Lindi Skin products is an M.D. -- Dr.Louis Bucky was, at the time, a plastic surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is now the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital (also part of the Univ. of Penna. health system).
I have very sensitive/reactive skin (it even reacts negatively to aloe, a natural ingredient in a lot of products, including some Lindi Skin items) but have been using the Lindi Skin Body Lotion for several years without problem, and it keeps my skin soft without a greasy feeling.
Still, some of Lindi Skin's products contain soy, a phytoestrogen which should be avoided by people who have had breast or gynecologic cancer. That is troublesome in a line that is promoted for cancer patients!

White Owl Spiritual Centre said...

I just want to say that some of us are responsible skin care product producers and we pride ourselves of having truth in labeling - we have acquired "Pure Earth" and have been trying to find a natural preservative for our water based products and have done a lot of research and still have not found any - our Chemist has stated we need to choose the best from a bad bunch, but which one, we feel Phenoxyethanol is probably the one, but no one can help us confirm and give us guidance.

If someone has any ideas, please let us know, we would be happy to hear about anyone's comments.

thank you

Anonymous said...

I have actually tried their body lotion... it did not help at all. My skin was sensitive at the time and I actually broke out in a rash. Needless to say, I never bought another product from that brand.

Mary M said...

I have very sensitive skin to all lotions and soaps, shampoos, etc. I have been allergy tested and find that I am very allergic to formaldehyde . I have tried the skin serum and so far no reaction. I also have a very pesky skin can called T-cell Lymphoma and my treatment cause my skin to be often sore and broken open in places. I am trying to find the "perfect" topical that will moisturize and protect. Any ideas on how to achieve these goals???