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Insight into the chemical world of cosmetics

Conventional skin care products can contain a great many chemical substances, which unfortunately not only remain in the upper skin layer, but can also penetrate deep into the lower skin layers, into the connective tissue, into the blood and lymph channels and in this way burden the entire body.

Other ingredients, however, also lay down on the skin like a film, with the result that detoxification, perspiration and sebum excretion are impaired as a result. The ingredients, some of which are extremely questionable, can be found in many products that we use every day. It is therefore worthwhile in the area of skin and face care to resort to natural products, so that they really care for our body, instead of harming it in the long term.

Not all natural cosmetics are the same! It is important to know that there are unfortunately also great differences in natural cosmetics. Just because products are qualified with natural cosmetics, that unfortunately does not mean that only nature is contained.

In the following I would like to give you an insight into the chemical world of cosmetics and present on 5 chemicals that are most often found in skin care products. All these additives have neither a profitable benefit for you, nor for the environment. 1. silicones

Silicones have softening and smoothing properties and are therefore popular in hair care products and creams. The correct chemical names for silicones are "polysiloxanes" or "poliorganosiloxanes". Silicones act like a film on the hair structure and our skin and thus leave a pleasant skin feeling at first glance - however, the epidermis as well as the hair can no longer absorb oxygen properly due to the "protective film" and thus silicones also have no caring effect.

2. parabens

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics because they have an antifungal (against fungi) and antimicrobial (against bacteria) effect. They are suspected of being endocrine disruptors, which means that they can interfere with hormone balance and thus cause imbalance.

3. microplastic

Microplastic is a collective term for plastic particles that are smaller than five millimeters and are contained in cosmetic, care and cleaning products. Microplastics can be recognized by the endings -ene, -ane, -amide, -ate. One example is: acrylates. Microplastics are often used as exfoliants and fillers.

4. fragrances

Fragrances can also have an effect on our hormone balance, as they are also considered endocrine disruptors. In addition, they can trigger a variety of allergic reactions. Fragrances are usually not so easy to identify because they often have different endings - such as -ol, -al, -ene, -in. Some examples are: Eugenol, Limonene or Citral.

5. Isoparaffin You've probably encountered petroleum more than once. The degradation of petroleum is not only problematic for the environment, but also not beneficial for our skin. Due to the sealing character, the skin can not breathe and dries out as a result. Examples of petroleum, are for example isoparaffin. Cosmetics check & weaning process

Have you ever looked up what cosmetics you use and checked their ingredients?

At first glance, this can be quite challenging, especially due to the many different chemical names. However, with the app "CODECHECK" you can easily scan your skincare products or enter them in the search bar to identify critical ingredients and weigh up whether you want to use the product or not. It often takes a while for us to get used to our skin, especially if we have been caring for our skin with conventional skin care products for years.

Feel free to visit my store if you are still looking for an alternative that is free of chemical additives, fillers and preservatives. Here you will find care products that are packed with active ingredients from nature and are unique because of their freshness.

What cosmetic products do you use and what are your experiences?

I am looking forward to your feedback!

Yours, Jana Noel 🤍

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