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The advantages of self-made natural cosmetics compared to conventional cosmetics

Every skin is individual and needs care that is tailored to it. Finding the right skincare in conventional cosmetics can, therefore, be difficult. In addition, there are various questionable ingredients as well as the negative aspects of the used plastic packaging.

Self-produced products are generally gentle on the environment, people, and animals. In the case of home-made cosmetics, you have the choice of which ingredients are used. The advantage is that one can fall back on high-quality and natural raw materials – especially ingredients that are perfectly suited to the individual skin type. In addition, it is not difficult to make your own cosmetics and it can give you a lot of pleasure. Admittedly, in the beginning it can be very complex to struggle with emulsifiers, consistency enhancers, etc. But with practice comes skill and we recommend that beginners start with the beginner’s recipes and gradually become more familiar with the production of natural cosmetics.

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For those who are still not convinced, here is an overview of common and critical ingredients in the cosmetics industry:

 

Aluminum chlorides

Are suspected of promoting the development of breast cancer. 

 

Aluminum chloride is an active ingredient that is applied externally to inhibit the formation of sweat. In doing so it has a contracting – astringent – and perspiration-inhibiting effect. Aluminum chloride is usually indicated as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum silicate. The active ingredient is controversial, as it is suspected of promoting the development of breast cancer. To date, there are no studies that prove this, but there are none that claim the opposite. As aluminum can enter the body through our skin and animal experiments and experience gained by some dialysis patients in the 1970s have confirmed that the active ingredient has a harmful effect, it should not be applied to the skin.

 

Aluminum chlorides are usually found in: deodorants, toothpaste, lipsticks.


Microplastic (polyethylene) 

Is suspected of causing cancer and obesity. 

 

Microplastics is a term that is probably familiar to everyone, and it refers to solid as well as soluble polymers that are smaller than 5 millimeters. It contains numerous chemicals, including bisphenol A or softeners, which are suspected of causing cancer and obesity. In addition, these particles are used in cosmetics and thus end up in our wastewater, from which they cannot be filtered.

 

Microplastics are mostly found in: creams, hairspray, exfoliants, shampoos. 


Allergens (fragrances) 

Can be the cause of allergies. 

 

These active substances are probably more common under the declaration “aroma” and “fragrances”. They are often allergenic substances that are not naturally degradable and can accumulate in the body. Allergens enter our organism through the skin and are distributed in the body through the bloodstream. A study by the Federal Environment Agency showed that there are at least half a million people in Germany who are allergic to fragrances. The scientific advisory committee of the European Union has classified 26 fragrances as particularly frequent allergens, which, according to the German Cosmetic Decree, must be stated on the product if they exceed certain concentrations. Manufacturers usually circumvent this requirement by staying below the prescribed concentration or by replacing it with another substance which is not declared but may also cause allergies.

 

Allergens are usually found in: cosmetics, perfumes, scented candles, detergents, and cleaning products.


Nanoparticles  

Can be a risk to health and the environment. 

 

The term “nano” comes from the Greek and means dwarf. These are particles that are smaller than one hundred nanometers – or one-millionth of a millimeter. To give you a better idea – they are about 1000 times smaller than the diameter of a single hair. Nanotechnology is therefore the key technology of the 21st century. However, it can also pose risks to health and the environment, but there is little research into the risks. The first studies, however, show a possible risk of certain commonly used nanomaterials.

 

Nanoparticles are mostly found in: sun creams, lipsticks, and toothpaste.


Mineral oil & paraffin

Extract moisture from the skin and dry it out. 

 

Paraffins and mineral oils are extracted from crude oil and lay a non-water-soluble film on the skin. In addition, they have no skin-friendly effect whatsoever, but they extract moisture from the skin and dry it out. After a long application of mineral oil even a so-called “mineral oil or paraffin dependence” can develop. This means that one has the feeling of constantly having to use creams. Mineral oils and paraffin are marked on the label as follows:  Liquid paraffin, Liquid petrolatum, Paraffin oil, Paraffinum liquidum, Petrolatum liquid, Petroleum oil, White mineral oil, and White oil are all mineral oils. Vaseline also belongs to this family but has a wax-like structure.

 

Mineral oil & paraffin waxes are mostly found in: lotions and creams.


Surfactants

Can cause allergies and skin rashes. 

Surfactants include substances that can destroy the tension of the surface structure. In combination with water, oil and grease can be dissolved and washed out of the surface of the skin and hair. As they reduce the surface tension, they produce foam and make shampoos and many other products more supple. Natural surfactants such as soap, lecithin, and bile acid are unproblematic to use.

 

However, many surfactants are based on palm oil, for which parts of the rain forest are cut down. Surfactants based on crude oil are also problematic. These surfactants decompose very slowly and remain in nature for years. Surfactants based on petroleum are also harmful to the skin. They can lead to allergies and skin rashes. Surfactants that end in “sulfate” are particularly aggressive.

 

Surfactants are usually found in: shampoos, hair spray, mouth spray, bubble bath additive, and toothpaste.

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Conclusion

 

By producing our own natural cosmetics, we can take into our own hands how we want to treat our skin and health. We can also significantly minimize the environmental impact. Every year we dispose of tons of plastic, only to a limited extent through cosmetic products. Not to mention the harmful health effects of cosmetics in plastic packaging.