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The Product Was Tested Dermatological
This statement explains that the product was tested under the supervision of a dermatologist. Naturally, it is in our interest to market a good and above all safe product. We safeguard this with several tests, a.o. dermatological tests
With Sun Protection Factor
The use of products with a sun protection filter is one of the most important measures against premature skin aging – 365 days a year. UV radiation is also there when the sky is cloudy or when it rains. Components of products with a light protection are filter substances which act similar to a protective shield between our skin and sun. We distinguish between chemical and physical light protection filters. Chemical light protection filters are UV filters which act within skin. There, they absorb the UV rays from the sun. A physical, also called mineral, light protection filter always contains light-refracting minerals. They reflect the UV rays reaching the skin so that they are not able to penetrate into skin. Ideal for children and sensitive skin. However, light-protection filters offer no absolute protection during excessive sun bathing.
Hyaluronic acid is able to bind approx. 6000 times more water than its own weight. So it is above all suited for the use against the visible signs of aging: wrinkles. Even though most of the hyaluronic acid in our body is found in skin, where it holds together the cells, it is almost everywhere in our body.
As early as age 25, the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid diminishes. At the age of 60, only about 10% of the initial quantity of hyaluronic acid is still found. Hyaluronic acid (high-molecular) intensely hydrates skin and protects it against dryness. Super hyaluronic acid (low-molecular) promises an optimal water-binding capacity in the epidermis. Dryness lines are visibly diminished leaving skin looking soft and supple. Due to its moisturizing and moisture-binding properties, hyaluronic acid makes skin looking clear, plump and radiant.
Perfumes in cosmetics have a odor-masking, deodorizing or perfuming effect and also diminish the basic odor of a product ingredient. However, perfumes may also irritate skin and cause allergies. Almost every fifth German shows an allergic reaction after the use of perfumed products. Besides the INCI name “perfume”, additionally 26 perfumes exceeding a certain concentration must be listed individually due to their suspected higher allergy potential in comparison with others. Examples are: limonene, citral and benzyl alcohol. Perfume-free cosmetics is a very good alternative for sensitive and allergy-prone skin types.
Emulsifiers form an emulsion or a cream out of water and oil mixtures. With the concentration of the emulsifier the risk of skin-barrier disturbances increases. Alternatives are (skin-identical) ceramides or an alternative cream basis such as creams with DMC. DMC stands for Derma Membran Complex: Its structure and composition with skin-similar ingredients are guided by human skin and can therefore be designated as “skin-related”. DMC has ha barrier-stabilizing effect and guarantees excellent skin tolerance. Ideal for sensitive, irritated skin. The Derma Membrane Complex is an intelligent ingredient delivery system which can be described as „ingredient shuttle“. This shuttle perfectly delivers the ingredients barrier-free into skin. The cosmetic efficiency of products containing the Derma Membrane Complex is far more direct and quicker. The products have an enormous skin tolerance, offer an immediate effect and help to restore the natural protective barrier of skin.
No Mineral Oil
This product contains no mineral oils or derivates. These oils (Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffinum Subliquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Ceresin, Vaseline) are odorless and purified oils which have been used in cosmetics for many years due to the fact that they seldom cause allergies or skin irritations. While plant oils are similar to the natural lipids of skin and therefore penetrate into the upper layer of skin, mineral oils remain on skin’s surface where they develop their protective effect.
Parabens are preservatives. Parabens (isobutyl parabens, ethyl parabens, methyl parabens, propyl parabens, butyl parabens) have been used in cosmetics for many years and efficiently protect them against germs. However, they are suspected to cause allergies. Principally, parabens are listed as ingredients in cosmetics on the positive list, meaning that their utilization is allowed. Sensitive skin may, however, react with intolerances. Therefore, they were often replaced in the last years by other substances with preserving, anti-microbial properties. Additional critical factor: The structure of parabens is very similar to the female sexual hormone estrogen, they are absorbed via the skin and are suspected to trouble the hormonal balance. The German office for risk valuation points out that due to the uncritical maximum quantity used there is no sufficient proof for a health risk.
Polyethylene glycols - PEG – are chemical compounds which effectively combine lipids and moisture. They are emulsifiers with a pleasant formulation. In the INCI they are normally found as the abbreviation PEG and a number. Sodium Laureth Sulfate also belongs to the PEG group. A typical example is Laureth-9, often utilized in cosmetics as emulsifier and in dermatology as local anesthetic. PEG are used in cosmetics as surface-active excipients. Depending on their composition, they serve as solubilizers, emulsifiers, surfactants, lipid replenishing and moisture-maintaining agents. PEG improve the penetration ability, i.e. skin becomes more permeable for ingredients, but as a consequence also for possible toxic substances. Therefore, the use of PEG is discussed controversially.
There are different opinions regarding silicone oil. It has both advantages and disadvantages. Non-soluble silicone oils are e.g. “Dimethicone“, „Cyclomethicone“, „Cyclopentoxilase“, „Dimethiconol“. Water-soluble silicones are „Amodimethicone“, „Polysiloxane“, „PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone“ or „Dimethicone Copolyol“. Silicone oil forms a water-repellent film on skin’s surface which protects against moisture loss. Allergic reactions to this substance have not been reported. Silicone oils last forever, fix fragrances on skin and do not feel greasy. But: If there is too much silicone oil in a cream, the sweat may be blocked, the skin under the film may swell and become brittle. Therefore, the concentration to be used must be selected very carefully.
No Animal Ingredients
All ingredients used in this product are of either natural or synthetic resp. biotechnological origin. This statement is important for persons who live vegan and who follow this philosophy not only regarding their nutrition but also in their entire life. When selecting alternative ingredients we take care that synthetic or biotechnological substances were not subject to any animal testing by the manufacturers.
This Product is NATRUE-certified
The NATRUE label assures that this product is as natural as possible. This means: no synthetic fragrance and coloring agents, no substances from mineral oils (paraffin, PEG, propyl, alkyl, etc.), no silicone oils and derivates, no genetically modified ingredients, no irradiation of botanical substances or finished products, no animal testing. The since autumn 2008 existing NATRUE label of the NATRUE - The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association A.I.S.B.L. in Brussels, Belgium is issued in three quality categories depending on the percentage of the included ingredients from controlled cultivation.
Algae Extract is Contained in This Product
Algae are found in the most different forms and colors. In order to grow and to reproduce, they need nutrients which they gain from the surrounding waters. Seaweed includes the entire ingredient richness of the oceans, above all minerals. Some algae are even able to bind these substances in a thousand- or ten thousand-fold concentration.
The cosmetic industry uses these powerful ingredients. Substances on algae basis soothe skin, improve its regeneration and supply with lavish moisture. In particular moisture-deficient and irritated skin benefits from these properties. Algae extracts also normalize the sebum production and help to prevent premature skin aging by stimulating the cell renewal.
Marine plants are also used in cosmetics for other purposes, for instance as so-called carrier substances which provide a gel-like consistency to creams and masks and assure at the same time an optimal skin tolerance.
Thermal Spring Water from Baden-Baden is Included in This Product
It qualifies as healing water in accordance with the 2005 edition of "Definitions – quality standards for the classification of health resorts, resort towns and curative sources" published by the German Spa Association and the German Tourism Association. The water is used therapeutically in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. The spring is located 300 m north-east of the centre of Baden-Baden. It is classified as a thermal spring because its source temperature is 65°C.
This thermal spring water is naturally rich in important minerals and trace elements (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, silicic acid (silicon), chlorides and fluorides). It supports the natural metabolism and health of the skin.