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What is a Skincare Gel and how do you use it?

Since water is the ultimate hydrator, SBC Skincare Gels are formulated as exceptional light-weight multi-tasking products, to boost hydration from head to toe. The natural pH of the skin is slightly acidic and therefore when the gel comes in to contact with the skin the thickness and texture “breaks” and the gel starts to become water thin. It will feel much easier to absorb when compared to most moisturisers. The gels have a variety of uses which can be tailored to suit any skincare regime. You can use our Skincare Gels as a moisturiser for your face and body. Simply, smooth over your skin as you would any other moisturiser, the gels also make soothing and hydrating mask. Smooth a generous amount onto your face, neck and décolleté, relax and let your skin absorb for 10 minutes, then simply massage in any excess. They are also suitable to use as a primer or hydrator, apply a light layer under make-up or moisturiser. Finally, they are ideal for home use alongside electrical beauty tools (always follow manufacturer’s instructions).

 

Why have some SBC formulations changed?

SBC are fortunate to have recently acquired the ability to manufacture products here at SBC HQ -something we are very proud of, as many other skincare companies do not have this privilege. The entire production process is now done in-house, from manufacturing to laboratories to sales to product development.

As a result, we have modified a few formulations, this however never decreases the quality of the product, or jeopardises your expected experience or results. Our chemists have not decreased the amount of active ingredients in our products, as this is what our customers know and love. Other ingredients may have increased in order to improve the effectiveness of the product.

Do your products contain Palm Oil?

We do NOT buy or use Palm Oil as an ingredient. However, skincare products, including SBC, do commonly contain a small amount of the derivatives from palm oil, unfortunately there are no alternatives to these derivatives as yet. Our commitment as a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), is to only buy the derived raw materials from suppliers who have pledged to “responsibly source sustainable raw materials”. In doing so, we aim to encourage all brands within the Beauty industry to follow suit and help win the battle against worldwide environmental issues.

 

Do you send out samples?

You can buy samples from our website. Please visit:

https://www.sbcgels.com/product-category/shop-products/skincare-samples/

We also sell travel sizes (100ml), which is another way to try many products within our range. Most of these travel sizes contain enough product to last you approximately 7-10 days.

Are SBC products suitable for those with gluten intolerance?

It is extremely unlikely that any topically applied product will cause a problem for those who are gluten intolerant, unless accidentally ingested. The gluten molecule is too large to be absorbed through the skin. For those who wish to avoid products which may potentially contain traces of gluten, the following products contain ingredients derived from wheat and/or oats:

  • Cotton Collection
  • Foot Collection
  • Honey & Oats Bath & Shower Crème

However, we would recommend anyone who was unsure to read the full ingredient listing which is clearly labelled on the back of all SBC products and provided for every product on our website (www.sbcgels.com)

Are your products suitable for people with nut allergies?

With nut allergies there is much less risk from topically applied cosmetic ingredients than from food ingredients. The nut oils used in cosmetic products are highly refined, containing little or no protein. It is the proteins in nuts that cause allergic reactions.

 

However, for those who wish to avoid nut derived ingredients, SBC products can contain oils or other material from nuts which are known or suspected to give rise to allergies as foods. These include:

 

  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil – Almond
  • Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil – Macadamia
  • Aleurities Moluccana Seed Oil – Kukui
  • Juglans Regia Shell Powder – Walnut

 

Our website  features full ingredient lists for every product.

Do SBC products contain Alcohol?

Some SBC products do contain Alcohol or Denatured Alcohol (Alcohol Denat.). The percentages of Alcohol or Alcohol Denat. in SBC skincare are small enough for there to be no negative impact when applied to the skin.

It is important to consider that some ingredients within our products, such as fruit extracts and essential oils, already contain Alcohol as a natural constituent.

Our website features full ingredient lists for every product.

How do SBC source their collagen?

We use Marine Collagen in our products. As we are a cruelty free brand, the marine extracts used in our formulations come from the skin of fish already obtained for human consumption by approved providers.

Can you use SBC products if you are Lactose Intolerant?

It is extremely unlikely that any topically applied product will cause a problem for those who are lactose intolerant, unless accidentally ingested. For those who wish to avoid products which may potentially contain traces of lactose, the following products may contain ingredients derived from milk:

 

  • Cotton Collection
  • Vitamin ACE products

 

Our website www.sbcgels.com features full ingredient lists for every product.

What ingredient do SBC use for their exfoliators?

Rest assured – none of our products contain polyethylene microbeads. SBC have ensured any exfoliating ingredients are environmentally friendly and biodegradable for example; sugar, sea salt, pumice, jojoba wax beads and crushed walnut.

Our website www.sbcgels.com features full ingredient lists for every product.

What is MIT and do SBC products contain it?

Methylisothiazolinone, also known as MIT, is a heterocyclic organic compound that is an effective preservative in a variety of cosmetic products like shampoos, conditioners, and eye makeup removers. This compound offers antimicrobial benefits, preventing the growth and reproduction of bacteria, mould, and fungi. Historically, Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) was an approved preservative for all types of cosmetic products under EU legislation. Following increasing reports of allergies to MIT however, the law was changed to ban the use of MIT from leave-on products from 2016.

SBC acted to reformulate all our existing leave-on products so that, by the end of 2015, they no longer contained MIT. Furthermore, all new SBC products, (whether leave-on or rinse-off), which have been developed since 2014 have been formulated without MIT.

 

Do SBC products contain parabens?

There are no parabens within SBC Skincare products.

Do your products contain perfume/fragrance?

Fragrance is added to SBC skincare products and where possible natural fragrances are used. Our dermatologically tested Cotton Collection contains an allergen-free* fragrance, ideal for those sensitive to perfumes.

*does not contain any fragrance allergens listed in the EU Cosmetic Regulation

How do SBC source their Propolis?

Propolis is naturally produced by Bees and used as a sealant within the hive. Propolis is extracted from the beehives along with honey, wax, and royal jelly. The colour of Propolis can vary, depending on the botanical source. Every time the hive is cleaned, bees repeat the cycle of botanical collection, and rebuilding of the hives. Bees are never hurt in the Propolis collection process.

Do SBC products contain SLS? (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

Arnica Muscle Soak and Echinacea Bath Soak are the only products containing SLS. Both products will soon be reformulated, to contain ALS instead of SLS.

Are SBC products tested on animals?

SBC products are NOT tested on animals.

 

As of 11th March 2013, a complete and total ban on animal testing for cosmetics was implemented in the EU. It is now illegal to test ingredients and finished products on animals for cosmetic reasons and is also illegal to import ingredients and finished products that are currently being tested on animals for cosmetic reasons. Therefore, you can be certain that none of our SBC product ingredients or finished products are tested on animals.

Why do some SBC products vary in colour?

The colour of some SBC products may vary in colour from batch to batch. This is due to the natural extracts that are in our products which are sourced from slightly different regions and at different times of the year. This being the case, the final product can vary in colour, nevertheless the product’s quality is never reduced when colour variation occurs.

What does ‘ionized + & -‘ mean on the front of some of the SBC Skincare Gels?

These markings are to indicate that they suitable for use with electrotherapy equipment. These machines need conducting gels. SBC Skincare Gels are ideal, as they are both negatively and positively charged.

Are SBC products natural?

We take the best from Mother Nature and the best from Science and combine it into an easily accessible formula for incomparably outstanding results and intensely rejuvenating mind and body therapy.

Are SBC products suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans?

The majority of SBC product collections are suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians, apart from the following which may contain animal by-products:

 

  • Collagen Collection – contains Protein
  • Cotton Collection – contains Milk Protein
  • Honey Collection – contains Honey
  • Propolis Collection – contains Propolis/Wax
  • Manuka Collection – contains Honey
  • Foot Collection – contains Propolis/Wax

 

Our website www.sbcgels.com features full ingredient lists for every product.

 

Are SBC products safe to use during pregnancy?

Most SBC products should be safe to use during pregnancy. However, we would recommend you avoid any products that contain essential oils for the first trimester, such as the following:

 

  • Camphor & Menthol Massage Gel
  • Echinacea Collection
  • Jasmine & Evening Primrose Oil Collection
  • Lavender Collection
  • Rosemary & Eucalyptus Collection

 

Also, as a precaution avoid those products which produce a warming effect such as:

 

  • Arnica Warming Cream
  • Intensive Body Sculpt

 

Are SBC products safe to use on babies and children?

Products intended to be used on children under three years of age should have been tested accordingly.  Only our Cotton Collection has been specifically designed and tested for use on babies.

Use and Storage
  • Always read the instructions carefully; including any warnings for use.
  • Avoid storing your products in direct sunlight or near sources of heat. Choose a dry, cool storage area where possible.
  • To keep your product fresh replace the lid after each use and use within the recommended time period Check the symbol (below) on pack for the product’s individual PAO.