stringent standards of quality control
Raw materials and finished products are closely monitored for quality and purity. Of the over 13,000 ingredients listed in the eleventh edition of the CTFA Ingredient Dictionary, ALMAY selects less than 500 of these for use in its formulas. All new ingredients are carefully screened for their potential for sensitization and toxicity.
All products are assessed for irritancy, sensitizing potential and toxicity. Photo toxicity and photoallergy studies are done a selective basis. Ophthalmology testing is conducted for products that, under conditions of normal usage, might contact the eye. Repeat insult patch tests are conducted on all products. In addition, these tests are followed by clinically supervised use tests, in which a large panel of human volunteers apply the products to the areas for which they are intended in accordance with customary usage over an extended period. Safety tests are conducted under strict supervision by independent laboratories.
microbial and stability testing
All products must pass a thorough microbiological challenge testing series to assure preservative efficacy. Extensive stability testing under a wide range of environmental conditions is performed to guarantee optimum shelf life and product integrity.
ALMAY® skin care and makeup products including blushers, makeups, and face powders have been tested and shown to be noncomedogenic.
omission of fragrances
All ALMAY® skin care and cosmetic products are fragrance free. Some ALMAY formulations may contain carefully selected botanical ingredients to enhance their efficacy.
omission of sensitizers and photosensitizers
ALMAY does not use ingredients such as tosylamide/formaldehyde resin, urea-formaldehyde resin, PABA and its esters, organic mercurials, formaldehyde, balsam compounds, D&C Yellow No. 11, thimerosal, or methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone. Certain Almay® products contain carmine, a color additive widely used in make-up, including make-up for sensitive skin. Carmine may cause sensitivity in a limited number of individuals.
formulations by skin type
Cosmetics and skin care products formulated for specific skin types are so noted. All ALMAY® products are formulated for sensitive skin types.