One should use cheap cosmetic products

The daily dose of poison: pollutants in cosmetics

Many people ingest more harmful toxins through cosmetics than through their food!

While we try to eat healthily and use organic food whenever possible, we miss one thing: the largest organ in our body absorbs cosmetics like a sponge. Pollutants in food are filtered through our digestion, cosmetics enter our bloodstream directly. And yes, unfortunately the cosmetics industry is not squeamish about the use of questionable or even toxic substances.

As always, the devil is in the details

We vegans know this well enough: first read through the ingredient lists at the back before anything is bought. It's a little more complicated with cosmetics. In the EU, manufacturers are obliged to indicate the INCIs, which are hardly understandable for laypeople with the unpronounceable terms. One hears and reads again and again about cancer-causing, allergy-causing, hormonally effective substances, but how can one still see through? And how does it even come about? The latter is very easy to answer: Synthetic substances are cheap, necessary in many products (preservatives for long shelf life, emulsifiers, ...) and sometimes they show results faster, even if only temporarily.

But what happens to synthetic substances in the body? Parabens, for example, which are used as chemical preservatives in 80% of skin care creams and are suspected of being carcinogenic, not only have an antimicrobial effect in the products, but also in the body, where they are deposited in the organs. Their similarity to the female sex hormone estrogen disrupts the hormonal balance. There are of course no long-term studies. That the health risk should not be underestimated is underpinned by the restriction imposed by the EU Commission, which was decided in 2014.

In addition, cheap fillers are used without much benefit to the skin, in order to increase the quantity and to be able to offer products cheaply. In the best case, these substances are at least not harmful, in the worse case, as with mineral oil, unfortunately they are, because it clogs up our pores and prevents the skin from breathing. Palm oil is also used in huge quantities in the cosmetics industry. Why? Because it's the cheapest vegetable oil! It does not have a great positive effect on the skin, but it can contain many pesticides.

And the environment?

Highly questionable surfactants such as PEG derivatives, preservatives, microplastics (in many toothpastes, peelings, ...), silicones, ... - we wash all these substances down the drain every day. The plastic packaging contributes to the growth of the mountains of rubbish and the toxic substances and microplastics accumulate in bodies of water. By eating fish and seafood, the cycle closes and the toxins are absorbed into the food chain.


Unfortunately, mineral oil has nothing to do with minerals that care for the skin, and organic or natural cosmetic seals do not offer a simple solution either. Because: Unfortunately, natural cosmetics (mostly) have nothing to do with 100% natural and even if it says organic, it usually doesn't contain 100% organic.

You try to get skin problems under control with cosmetics and often only make it worse and in many cases also accept a health risk. So really keep your eyes open and don't be dazzled by the beauty promises of advertising.

Long, detailed lists of the substances to be avoided can be found, for example, on Nokomis, Ingredients Cosmetics or here "The worst ingredients in cosmetics" on Utopia.

Here you will find our tips on how to avoid questionable substances in cosmetics and by the way, you can also find out here how to ban plastic from the bathroom and get a few DIY beauty tips.


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