According to a study by deodorant manufacturer Bionsen, women expose their skin to around 515 different chemical ingredients during their daily beauty routines. A survey in the United States came to the conclusion that women use an average of twelve products per day, and seven for men (Environmental Working Group 2004). This is how the chemicals quickly add up to a worrying total.
The majority of all shampoos, shower gels, make up, body lotions, lipsticks, hairsprays, perfumes or nail varnishes include synthetic materials such as parabens, aluminium, sulphates, or PEG that are suspected of damaging health.
CHEMICALS IN THE BATHROOM
In total, there are over 10,500 different substances that can be included in cosmetics. A substance group that has been particularly heavily criticized in the last few years is chemicals with a hormonal effect.
Parabens as a preservative and specific chemical UV filters belong to this group. These substances can be absorbed into the body through the skin. Foetuses in the womb, small children and children going through puberty are particularly endangered by chemicals with hormonal effects.
A study by BUND concluded that almost a third of more than 60,000 body care products assessed include chemicals with hormonal effects.
For learning whether a product contains artificial hormonal substances the BUND has developed the free cosmetics app “ToxFox”. This only needs the bar code of a product to be scanned with the mobile camera.
Additional problematic contents of cosmetics are synthetic fragrances, aluminium salts and mineral-oil based raw materials (for example PEGs or silicon).
Anyone who wants to err on the side of caution should carefully go through the contents (INCI) on the packaging. Parabens can be identified with the “-paraben” ending (for example methylparaben). Oils can be found under the names “Paraffinum Liquidum”, “Wax”, “Vaseline”, “Mineral Oil” or “Petroleum Jelly”. Possibilities for PEGs listings include PEG-8, PEG-15 and under other numbers. Silicones can be identified with the endings “-cone” or “-xane” (for example dimethicone”.
HARMFUL TO PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In addition to these substances that are harmful to humans, numerous cosmetic products include substances that damage the environment: microplastics.
MICROPLASTICS - THE INVISIBLE DANGER!
Microplastics are plastic parts that are smaller than five millimetres. Some manufacturers enrich products such as cleansing creams, shower gels, body washes and peeling products with these tiny plastic beads to provide a better cleaning effect. These plastic additives can also be hidden in anti-wrinkle creams, make up or lipsticks, where they serve as a binder.
The microplastic then travels in waste water to local sewage treatment plants.
Most of these cannot sufficiently filter microplastic out of the waste water, and so it reaches the environment and our waters. Microplastic is located in the depths of the sea. It has been found in microorganisms (zoo plankton), muscles, worms, fish and seabirds. Microplastic also lands in our body through consumption.
If the term “...poly...” appears in the contents (INIC) (for example acrylate copolymer, styrene/acrylate copolymer), plastic is hidden in the product.
WHAT CAN THE CONSUMER DO?
Anyone who would like to avoid any risks should reach for natural cosmetics. Very high standards apply to certified natural cosmetics and the use of alarming ingredients is forbidden.
You can identify real natural cosmetics with certificates like NATRUE.
NATURAL COSMETICS YOU CAN TRUST
The term “natural cosmetic” is not legally protected. To profit from the increasing demand for organic cosmetics, the manufacturers of big brands also do not hesitate to sell their products with a green image, or greenwashing, without this having any in common with natural cosmetics. This means that only certified brands provide full certainty that these products only actually contain pure nature.
The NATRUE label is an internationally valid quality label that identifies exclusively natural cosmetic products worldwide which meet the highest requirements in relation to naturalness, quality, credibility and transparency.
COSNATURE® KEEPS ITS PROMISES
All products from the cosnature® brand meet the strictest criteria for certified natural cosmetics and have been distinguished with the international NATRUE label.
NATURE MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL
cosnature® stands for certified natural cosmetics that are good for skin health and the purse of the user! The brand mission is to let the world share the diverse benefits of nature. Because nature’s riches provide our body with everything we need to look healthy and beautiful.
This is because only natural ingredients are used for cosnature® natural cosmetics. All products are free from purely synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives. We also do not use silicon oil and mineral oil based raw materials.
cosnature® products guarantee quality:
- Certified natural cosmetics
- 100% natural ingredients
- Free from purely synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
- Using no raw materials made from silicone oil or mineral oil
- With raw materials from certified organic growers
- Skin compatibility dermatologically approved
- No animal testing
- Great performance at low prices
- Nature and effect in perfect synchrony
- German quality