Is silicone oil harmless for cosmetic purposes
7 reasons to switch immediately to cosmetics without parabens and silicones
With the purchase of cosmetic articles, you usually want to do something good for yourself. But there are ingredients, especially in no-name products, that do not do exactly this. Despite short-term positive effects, they harm you and the environment in the long run. Today we're taking a closer look at two of the ingredients responsible for this: silicone and paraben. Read 7 reasons why you should use natural skin care without parabens and silicones from now on.
What is silicone anyway?
The term "silicone" means silicon-based oils. So it is a matter of plastics that are obtained from petroleum. At this point it should be emphasized that there are no “natural silicones”, as is sometimes suggested in advertising. It is always a synthetically produced material. Depending on the composition, the silicone appears under different names. The distinguishing mark is always the ending with -cone or -xane, such as in methicone and polysiloxane. The reasons for their frequent use in cosmetic products are a pleasant feel and a simple manufacturing process. Depending on requirements, silicone has a smoothing, fixing or cushioning function in conventional cosmetics. Our 7 reasons for cosmetics without silicone and parabens explain which undesirable effects it also has.
Why are parabens in your skin cream?
Parabens are preservatives. They inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria. Since they protect against germs, they extend the shelf life of cosmetics considerably. You just have to think about your day cream, which will last a long time because it is dosed in a small amount. Even with a spatula, germs and bacteria can get into them. Without preservatives, it would quickly go bad. Therefore, all kinds of cosmetic products from shampoo to sunscreen can contain parabens. It can even be found in medicines and some foods. Names for this chemical ingredient are "polyparaben", "butyl paraben" and others. But there are also durable cosmetics without parabens. You will find good reasons for their preferred use in the following.
Silicone is not biodegradable
Like other plastics based on mineral oil, silicone is not biodegradable. In particular, the water-soluble silicones end up in the wastewater when washing skin and hair. Even sewage treatment plants cannot filter them out comprehensively. This is how the silicones end up in surface and groundwater. The ecological consequences are just as catastrophic as with other plastic products.
For the sake of sustainability, this reason alone should be enough to switch to cosmetics without silicone, such as the hydro gel mask by Annemarie Börlind. It works entirely without mineral oil derivatives. It achieves the smoothing effect solely through natural ingredients such as red algae and jojoba oil.
Silicone forms an impenetrable layer
Many people know silicone from the craft sector. Here it is used, among other things, to make joints watertight. It doesn't do anything else on your skin and hair. It makes hair look shiny, smooths wrinkles and ensures long-lasting make-up, but at what price? On the one hand it weighs down the hair, on the other hand it cuts off the air exchange of the skin. Clog pores and the skin's own regeneration processes are suppressed. In the long term, the natural structure dries out, cells burst and pimples can develop. Cosmetics without silicones do not have such side effects. It lets the skin breathe and supports the natural metabolism instead of preventing it.
Nourishing substances do not penetrate the silicone layer
Silicone doesn't just keep air and water off the surface. It also hinders the absorption of nourishing ingredients. Vitamins and oils only penetrate weakly through the dense layer of plastic. The spontaneous effect after applying the care product may have a positive effect, but long-term care is not possible. Manufacturers of natural care products have recognized this problem. In case of doubt, your creams may take longer to achieve an effect comparable to that of silicone-based products, but it will last for a long time. Sensitive areas in particular, such as the eye area, benefit from silicone-free cosmetics. The revitalizing eye cream from the Dr. For example, the Spiller Alpenrausch series provides the skin with valuable care substances made from alpine rose and edelweiss.
Parabens are similar to female hormones
This is probably one of the most serious of our 7 reasons, although the exact scope has not yet been satisfactorily researched. Supporters of conventional cosmetic products also refer to this. However, it is clear that the artificial intake of hormone-like substances cannot be healthy. We have known this at least since the discussion about bisphenol A. Animal experiments and studies indicate that artificial, hormone-like substances can accumulate in the body. The hormone-like effects of parabens may be one of the reasons for the premature onset of puberty in girls and for infertility in adults. Because of this suspicion, parabens in children's products have been banned in Denmark for a long time.
Allergenic effects of parabens
With regard to allergies, the findings are somewhat clearer. Again and again, allergy-like symptoms related to parabens are observed. It is believed that around 2% of Germans are allergic to products containing parabens. Only cosmetics without parabens can be used for these. Symptoms range from rashes to trouble seeing and breathing. Organic: Vegáne Skinfood shows that synthetic ingredients are not necessary at all. Cosmetics of this brand are all Natrue certified, which excludes the use of chemicals. Alternatively, there is superfood in the products, which should also perform outstandingly in external use.
There is so far insufficient data on this of the 7 reasons for cosmetics without parabens. There is a suspicion that products containing parabens could be carcinogenic. A connection is suspected in particular between deodorants and breast cancer. The fact is that paraben residues can be detected in the urine of almost all Germans. In addition, the use of isobutyl and pentyl paraben has already been banned in Germany. The trend in research is therefore clearly in the direction of a substance that is harmful to health. You are on the safe side with a deodorant based on natural ingredients, such as the rose deodorant from Dr. Hauschka. This deodorant nourishes the sensitive area under the armpits with gentle rose oil, jojoba and lady's mantle. Of course, no aluminum is used.
Natural cosmetics offer security
Ultimately, there are many concerns about the application of cosmetics with synthetic substances. With natural cosmetics, on the other hand, you can be sure that it only contains harmless ingredients. In addition, you care for your skin and hair with the help of natural ingredients. The effect may take a while to arrive, but it will remain permanent. Your body needs enough time to regenerate and you should give it too.
Ultimately, we find that skin care without parabens and silicones is better tolerated for people and the environment. Even if all the risks and problems associated with chemical additives have not yet been thoroughly investigated, the existing findings and experience clearly speak against conventional cosmetic products. You should also note that we have only looked at two of many commonly used yet controversial synthetic additives here. The clear advantage of certified natural cosmetics therefore lies in their harmlessness.
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