Last update Oct. 31, 2023

Enhancer / Firming Cosmetics

Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-stretch mark or firming cosmetic products are products with purported skin renewal and wrinkle removal properties that are applied directly to the skin in the form of a cream, gel, ointment, lotion or patch. Their advertising claims that they act by regenerating collagen, eliminating dead skin cells and preventing cell damage with antioxidants.

At the time of the last update, we found no published data on its excretion in breast milk.

The great variety of substances included in their composition, some of which are toxic by ingestion, makes it necessary not to apply them on the breast or in places of contact with the infant and to wash hands thoroughly after application.

It is also advisable to avoid applying creams, gels and other locally applied products containing kerosene (mineral oil) on the nipple so that the infant does not absorb them. (Concin 2008, Noti 2003)

They are composed of numerous substances such as vitamins A (retinol), B, C, D, E, elastin, collagen, hyaluronic acids, alpha hydroxy acids, AHA (citric, malic) and glycolic, glycerin, salicylic acid, royal jelly, liposomes, plant extracts such as aloe vera, ginseng, ivy, centella asiatica, horse chestnut (escin), ginkgo biloba, cupalin (guarana), ruscus aculeatus (ruscogenin) and green tea. (Juhász 2014)

Traces of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, mercury, nickel and lead and other additives such as dioxanes, phenols, formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates have been found in these products, all of which have potential toxicity and side effects. (Al-Halaseh 2022, Bilal 2019, Hepp 2014, Marinovich 2014)

Cosmetic products constitute, above dietary habits, the largest source of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon (kerosene) contamination in fatty tissue and breast milk. (Frederiksen 2013, Concin 2011)

Documented evidence of the short- and long-term efficacy of these products is lacking. (Gao 2023. Imhof 2021, OCU 2014, Neill 2012, Hunt 2010, Newburger 2009, Draelos 2009, Rivers 2009, Most 2007, OCU 2002)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Enhancer / Firming Cosmetics is also known as Anti-Aging Skin Care Products. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


Enhancer / Firming Cosmetics belongs to this group or family:


  1. Gao L, Liu X, Luo X, Lou X, Li P, Li X, Liu X. Antiaging effects of dietary supplements and natural products. Front Pharmacol. 2023 Jun 27;14:1192714. Consulted on Oct. 31, 2023 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  2. Al-Halaseh LK, Al-Adaileh S, Mbaideen A, Hajleh MNA, Al-Samydai A, Zakaraya ZZ, Dayyih WA. Implication of parabens in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals: Advantages and limitations. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2022 Aug;21(8):3265-3271. Abstract
  3. Imhof L, Leuthard D. Topical Over-the-Counter Antiaging Agents: An Update and Systematic Review. Dermatology. 2021;237(2):217-229. Abstract
  4. Bilal M, Iqbal HMN. An insight into toxicity and human-health-related adverse consequences of cosmeceuticals - A review. Sci Total Environ. 2019 Jun 20;670:555-568. Abstract
  5. OCU. Falta de efectividad de las cremas antiarrugas. La Voz de Galicia 2014 Full text (in our servers)
  6. Hepp NM, Mindak WR, Gasper JW, Thompson CB, Barrows JN. Survey of cosmetics for arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, and nickel content. J Cosmet Sci. 2014 Abstract
  7. Marinovich M, Boraso MS, Testai E, Galli CL. Metals in cosmetics: An a posteriori safety evaluation. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2014 Abstract
  8. Juhász ML, Marmur ES. A review of selected chemical additives in cosmetic products. Dermatol Ther. 2014 Abstract
  9. Frederiksen H, Nielsen JK, Mørck TA, Hansen PW, Jensen JF, Nielsen O, Andersson AM, Knudsen LE. Urinary excretion of phthalate metabolites, phenols and parabens in rural and urban Danish mother-child pairs. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2013 Abstract
  10. Neill US. Skin care in the aging female: myths and truths. J Clin Invest. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  11. Concin N, Hofstetter G, Plattner B, Tomovski C, Fiselier K, Gerritzen K, Semsroth S, Zeimet AG, Marth C, Siegl H, Rieger K, Ulmer H, Concin H, Grob K. Evidence for cosmetics as a source of mineral oil contamination in women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Abstract
  12. Hunt KJ, Hung SK, Ernst E. Botanical extracts as anti-aging preparations for the skin: a systematic review. Drugs Aging. 2010 Abstract
  13. Draelos ZD. Cosmeceuticals: undefined, unclassified, and unregulated. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Abstract
  14. Newburger AE. Cosmeceuticals: myths and misconceptions. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Abstract
  15. Rivers JK. The role of cosmeceuticals in antiaging therapy. Skin Therapy Lett. 2008 Abstract
  16. Concin N, Hofstetter G, Plattner B, Tomovski C, Fiselier K, Gerritzen K, Fessler S, Windbichler G, Zeimet A, Ulmer H, Siegl H, Rieger K, Concin H, Grob K. Mineral oil paraffins in human body fat and milk. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Abstract
  17. Most SP. Prospective examination of the efficacy of 2 topical over-the-counter cosmeceutical creams for rapid treatment of facial rhytids. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  18. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M, Deiss U, Brüschweiler BJ. Exposure of babies to C15-C45 mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003 Abstract
  19. OCU. Cremas antiarrugas. Falta de efectividad y efectos secundarios. Boletín Eroski Consumer. 2002 Full text (in our servers)

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