How do I know if a product is safe to use?

There are so many skincare products in the market today, its important to be educated about which are safe and which may be concerning to our health.  To begin, the below ingredients should absolutely be avoided as they are known carcinogens (cancer causing):

  • Butyl Benzyphthalate, Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • “Coal Tar Dyes” (and lakes) D & C Red 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 17, 19 & 33, Green 5, Orange 17, FD & C Blue 1, 2 & 4, Green 3, Red 4 & 40, Yellow 5 & 6
  • Crystalline Silica, Diaminophenol, Diethanolamine (DEA), Doictyl Adipate, Disperse Blue 1, Disperse Yellow 3 (clourants), Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Glutaral, Hydroquinone, Methylene Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Nitrophenylenediamine, p-Phenylenediamine (following oxidation), Phenyl-p-phenylenediamine, Saccharin, Talc (only in loose form, particularly around genitalia)

The above ingredients are some of the worst, however, there are many ingredients out there that are not necessarily great for you, yet show up on many big box brands, including well-known, high end brands.

At DIRMA, we believe the relationship with a pharmacist is important when it comes to skincare because pharmacists are the only professionals that receive extensive training on medicines, products and chemistry and can be a great source in helping you decipher which ingredients and ultimately, which products are best for you and your family.  

Our approach at DIRMA is using only safe, high quality products and natural extracts that are safe, highly effective and truly nourish your skin.  We believe that nature has a lot to offer and we focus on harnessing the power of plants and extracts and create products that meet your specific needs.  

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  • Andee Post

    Mary is amazing! Due to years in pharma and her determination to use only the best and healthiest products in her own life, Mary is able to share her years of experience and knowledge with her clients. It is a comfort to know that I can consult her to keep me up to date on the healthiest practices and products to use. With so many other products on the market pretending to be good for you, Mary is a wealth of information!

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