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Poison in cosmetics:which ingredients in creams are bad for the skin?

There are cosmetic ingredients that can harm the skin and you. Nevertheless, many manufacturers of face creams, cleaners and shampoos use different problem substances in their recipes. That it is legal speaks volumes about the cosmetics industry. And it's bad for your skin. We give you an overview of thebad ingredientsthat are an absolute no-go.

Parabens in creams and lotions

What are parabens for? 

Parabens are a group of preservatives that, among other things, make cosmetic products more durable. They are used specifically in the manufacture of cosmetics so that bacteria have no chance and do no harm to the skin.

Why are parabens bad for the body or skin 

Parabens are hormonally active and very similar to estrogen. They are only approved in limited doses. Studies have shown thatParabens deposits in the human organism and examinations have also been found in tumors. For this reason, the German Cancer Society had in the meantime warned of the substance.

The warning has since been withdrawn, at least taking into account the limit values. How parabens affect humans in the long term is, however, not entirely clear. Therefore, in case of doubt, you should avoid products with parabens.

What are the alternatives to parabens? 

Cosmetic products are not necessarily dependent on parabens. Manufacturers can vary the alcohol concentration to keep germs at bay. Some also use essential oils for this. However, it is still important that the skin can also cope with these substances. This is also the reason why care products should always be formulated under toxicological supervision.

How do I recognize parabens in cosmetics? 

Stay away if one of these parabens is listed in the ingredients:

Methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben. Take special care with isopropyl paraben and isobutyl paraben

„Bad alcohol in cosmos 

What are alcohols in cosmetics for? 

First of all: we have to distinguish between good and bad alcohols. Good alcohols are absolutely important in cosmetics because they dissolve fats, extract active ingredients and vitamins, kill bacteria and make creams more creamy. It is also an excellent preservative.ff. 

Bad alcohols are harmful to the skin. However, some manufacturers of cosmetic products use them because they are cheaper. TheQuality of alcohols is an important identifier for high-quality or low-quality cosmetics.

Why are bad alcohols bad for the skint? 

Bad alcohols damage and irritate your skin barrier. As a result, the skin dries out faster and is also more prone to acne, pimples and other skin infections such as neurodermatitis. By drying out the skin, bad alcohols also promote wrinkle production, making you look old in the long run. 

Bad alcohols also include phthalates. These are chemical plasticizers that can get into the blood and are suspected of being hormonally active. Diabetes and infertility are possible consequences that are related to this.

What are the alternatives to alcohol in cosmetics? 

Alcohols are only a problem in cosmetics if they are not high-quality alcohols, i.e. wax or fatty alcohols. If cosmetics manufacturers use them in their products, they can even declare them alcohol-free. 

How do I recognize bad alcohols in cosmetics? 

We recognize bad alcohols as an ingredient under the names: Alcohol denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methanol and SD Alcohol.

Butylhydroxytoluene BHT in skin caree 

What is BHT for? 

BHT are phenols that are used industrially: for paints and waxes, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials, pesticides and under the name E 321 in food. In cosmetics, BHT is an inexpensive antioxidant, which can be expensive for your health.

Why is BHT bad for the skin? 

BHT makes the skin sensitive and irritating. The GHS hazard label classifies the substance as dangerous. In tests, the substance has also caused very strong skin reactions.

Even if some studies are still ongoing, you should refrain from products that contain BHT. Better safe than sorry.

What are the alternatives for BHT 

BHT is not necessary in cosmetics. Manufacturers can also use good alcohols or essential oils as preservatives.

How do I recognize BHT in cosmetics? 

You can recognize BHT in the INCI information by the ultra-long word butylhydroxytoluene. For the sake of your skin, do not buy products that use this problem substance.

Plastic and microplastics in all care products

What is plastic in cosmetics for? 

Some manufacturers of care products incorporate plastic into the recipes to increase the volume. This saves you production costs: you use less high-quality active ingredients, but more cheap plastic.

Some products use plastic to achieve a peeling effect, i.e. mechanical cleaning. This is often the case with peels and shower gels, but it can also be the case with face creams, toothpaste, lipsticks and other care products. 

Why is plastic bad in cosmetics? 

Plastic is not immediately critical for your skin, but it is a real problem with regard to the environment and various organisms outside of your bathroom. The plastic gets through the laundry into the wastewater, there into the rivers and seas. Animals take it in as food or through filtration. This is harmful to the animals, but should also reach you at the latest when the fish later lands on your fish.. 

What alternatives are there for plastic in cosmetics 

There are various options for your skin peeling that do not require plastic. For example, you can do your own peeling with sugar or salt crystals. Even coffee grounds are suitable!

Otherwise: There are no alternatives for plastic in cosmetics, because plastic is absolutely unnecessary here.

How do I recognize plastic in cosmetics? 

There are numerous relationships and abbreviations. Take good care of these terms:

  • ANM: Copolymers of acrylonitrile with ethyl acrylate or other acrylates
  • EVA: ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers
  • PA: polyamide nylon-12; Nylon-6; Nylon-666)
  • PE: polyethylene
  • PP: polypropylene
  • PES: polyester polyester-1; Polyester-111)
  • PET: polyethylene terephthalate
  • PI: polyimide polyimide-11)
  • PUR: Polyurethane Polyurethane-2; Polyurethane-14; Polyurethane 355)

Silicones don't really care

What are silicones good for in cosmetics??

Silicones lead to an immediate smoothing effect on the skin. It is a mineral oil product that lies on the skin like a film and virtually seals it. This leads to a good skin feeling, but also to problems.

Why are silicones bad for the skin 

Silicones are not a sustainable good care product because they seal the skin. As a result, she can no longer breathe and her functions are severely restricted. The sebaceous glands cannot work as usual and the skin's ability to regenerate is restricted. The skin can swell and become brittle.

Also bad: Silicones are not biodegradable. When showering and washing, they get into the water and from there into the ecosystem and groundwater.

What alternatives are there for silicones in cosmetics? 

There are various high-quality oils such as avocado oil that care for your skin and do not harm it. Besides, hasSqualane Proven as a natural component of the horny layer as a replacement because it smoothes the skin.

How do I recognize silicones in cosmetics? 

Take a close look and do not take products that contain any of the following terms:

Dimethicone, Methicone, Polysiloxane or Cyclomethicone such as Cyclohexasiloxanes

There are many problematic ingredients 

… and it's almost impossible to have everyone on the screen. That is why we advise you to scan your care products in the bathroom and check for harmful ingredients. Apps likeCode check are really practical here and our tip. 

Make sure that you only leave the good substances on your skin and #staysober

Philipp

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