WHERE DOES THE NAME FORMULA 10.0.6 COME FROM?
Formula 10.0.6 was one of the first skincare brands on the market in the USA. As early as 1933, the product “Deep Pore Cleanser”, which today is known as “So Totally Clean”, was being sold in American pharmacies. The identity code the pharmacies used for this product was 10.0.6. As more products entered the market, it was decided that this strong brand should be used as the name for the product range.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE PRODUCTS?
Formula 10.0.6 is sold through a number of chain stores. You can go to “Shop” on our website to find out where you can buy the products.
HOW CAN I CHECK WHETHER I AM HYPERSENSITIVE TO A NEW PRODUCT?
If you are unsure how your skin will react to a product, start by applying a dab of the product to a small area behind your ear. (The skin behind the ear is thinner and thus more sensitive.) If there is no reaction within the next 24 hours, you can safely use the product.
CAN I USE FORMULA 10.0.6 PRODUCTS DURING PREGNANCY OR WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
All our products are produced in accordance with European legislation and our own company guidelines. All our products are deemed to be safe for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
ARE THE INGREDIENTS LISTED ON THE PACKAGING?
Yes, all our ingredients are listed on the packaging. If you have any allergies, you can check whether the product contains any ingredients to which you are allergic. This is easy now that European countries have started using the same names – outlined in the so-called INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) list – which all manufacturers of cosmetic products are required to use. The most prevalent ingredient (percentage-wise) is listed first. The remaining ingredients are listed in descending order according to the amount contained in the product. Colourants are listed using their designated colour code (CI code). Please do not hesitate to contact us via the “contact us” form if you would like further information.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF THE PRODUCTS?
All Formula 10.0.6 products have a minimum shelf life of at least 30 months after the production date (if unopened), unless there is an expiration date on the label. The code of practice that came into effect in 2005 requires cosmetic products to be labelled with an “open jar” symbol indicating the Period After Opening (PAO). This indicates how long the product can be used for after being opened for the first time. PAO – the symbol looks like an open jar and must be marked with a number followed by an M for “months”. This is the recommended time the product can be used for after opening it. To monitor the age of a Formula 10.0.6 product, a batch number is marked (usually in black) on the back of or underneath the bottle or on the side of the tube (not to be confused with the barcode!). The first digit refers to the year of production, e.g. 1 = 2011. The next two digits indicate the week number, i.e. a number between 01 and 52. The quality of the product is no longer optimal after this time. If the product is exposed to heat or light for a period of time, it can lead to the basic structure of the product becoming unstable. We would advise discarding old products that appear grainy, watery or discoloured or have acquired a different odour.
WHAT DOES ALCOHOL-FREE MEAN?
In chemistry, there’s a group of substances called “alcohols”. They exist in both liquid and solid form and have many different properties. If the label says “alcohol-free” or “no alcohol”, this refers to ethyl alcohol, which is the same as the alcohol in alcoholic beverages. In cosmetic products, alcohol has a refreshing and stimulating effect but can lead to the skin becoming dry if you are susceptible to this. The ingredients list on the packaging refers to ethyl alcohol as “alcohol” or “alcohol denat”. Aliphatic alcohols (i.e. cetostearyl alcohol or lanolin alcohol) are solid substances that do not have this dehydrating effect. Among other things, they are used as emulsifying agents and have a nourishing effect, while also giving a product the desired consistency.
WHY DO COSMETIC PRODUCTS CONTAIN PRESERVATIVES?
Thanks to preservatives, you do not need to store your face creams and body lotions in the fridge. Without preservatives, these products would start to deteriorate quite quickly. This is because microorganisms such as bacteria and fungal spores are transferred to the product through skin contact and are easily spread in moist cosmetic products. This results in contaminated products that lose their effect and, at worst, can cause allergic reactions. Preservatives prevent cosmetic products from deteriorating and thereby protect the skin. Using preservatives enables Formula 10.0.6 to maintain the quality of the product over a longer period.
WHAT ARE PARABENS?
Parabens are a group of chemicals that are added to cosmetic and personal care products to extend their shelf life. Parabens are widely used in cosmetic and skincare products because they only have a minor allergy-provoking propensity compared to other preservatives.
WHY HAVE PARABENS DEVELOPED SUCH A BAD REPUTATION?
Parabens have developed a bad reputation in the media due to the uncertainty surrounding a few types of parabens, which have been suspected of having an endocrine-disrupting effect. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), which is regarded as the leading expert on cosmetics in Europe, and the Danish National Institute of Public Health have investigated parabens and conclude that they are safe to use as preservatives in cosmetics when used in the concentrations permitted for such products. The Danish National Institute of Public Health points out that other types of preservatives, which may also be controversial, must be added to products that do not contain parabens.
DOES FORMULA 10.0.6 CONTAIN PARABENS?
Some of our products contain parabens. There are strict rules governing the use of parabens and it goes without saying that we adhere to the EU’s requirements in this area. If you look at point 9, you will see why we use parabens.
ARE THE PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?
We do not test Formula 10.0.6 on animals and we strongly dissociate ourselves from animal testing. In this area, Aspire Brands applies its own policy. In the EU (and Norway) there is a total ban on the import and sale of cosmetic products tested on animals (came into effect on 11 March 2013).
WHERE ARE FORMULA 10.0.6 PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED?
Our products are manufactured in various countries: USA, Australia, EU countries and South Korea. All our products undergo rigorous testing at our laboratory in the USA, where our technical department is located. In addition to meeting our own stringent standards, they are also tested and approved according to EU’s rules and requirements.
I SOMETIMES FEEL MY SKIN TINGLING AFTER APPLYING THE PRODUCT – WHAT CAUSES THIS?
The tingling sensation you feel in the area where you have applied the product simply means that it’s working! At Formula 10.0.6, we call it “the tingling effect”!
WHY DO I GET SPOTS?
When you are going through puberty, your body produces more of the male sex hormone (androgen), regardless of whether you are a boy or girl. This stimulates the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more sebum (a natural oil produced by the skin). At the same time as the amount of sebum increases, the sebaceous ducts become narrower, making it difficult for the sebum to be released through the skin. Meanwhile, production continues at full speed. The spots appear due to the skin bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which feeds on sebum. The decomposition of the sebum generates waste matter and fatty acids, which irritate the sebaceous glands and cause them to become infected. This results in small, red, tender lumps, which develop into actual spots containing decomposed sebum. The infection subsides after a few days or weeks, depending on its severity.
We normally have spots until the age of about 25, but many people are also affected later in life.
ARE SPOTS CONTAGIOUS?
No, spots are not contagious, so don’t hesitate to give someone with spots a big hug!
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT SPOTS?
– First and foremost: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise your skin regularly. (Under products and categories you can read about why you should have a skincare regimen.)
– Drink a lot of water.
– Eat a healthy, varied diet.
– Exercise regularly as sweating cleanses the skin!
– Wash your hands often. Think about how many times a day you touch your face. The bacteria on your hands are easily transferred to your face, where they can lead to spots.
You should wipe your mobile phone clean regularly for the same reason!