The desire for zero waste continues to grow, and sustainability is also gradually becoming more of an issue in the cosmetics industry. However, many bath and beauty products still contain plastic and other harmful ingredients that do not benefit the climate or us at all. Tikbow explains which beauty products we should keep our hands off from now on and which ecological alternatives are available.
Cosmetic articles with microplastics are questionable
It is bad for the environment and ineffective for the skin and yet microplastic is still to be found in so many cosmetic products – quite questionable! Whether as beads in toothpaste, in liquid form in shower gels or facial scrubs – the plastic particles appear in a wide variety of products and not only damage the environment, but also harm our health. The fact that plastic is not biodegradable makes the whole thing particularly problematic. To avoid the unwanted ingredient, it often helps to look at the label. If you want to be on the safe side, opt for natural cosmetics.
Makeup remover, cotton swabs and cotton pads
Makeup remover, cotton swabs and cotton pads sind die absoluten Nachhaltigkeitssünden. Das tägliche Schminken und abendliche Make-up-Entfernen mit den Einmalprodukten führt dazu, dass eine riesige und unnötige Menge an Müll produziert wird. Gerade Abschminktücher landen oft auch über die Toilette in den Abwassersystemen und dann früher oder später im Meer. Hinzu kommt, dass Abschminktücher gar nicht mal so effizient sind, da sie die meisten Make-Up-Reste auf unserem Gesicht nicht abbekommen und teilweise auch die Haut reizen. Fazit ist also: Abschmink-Produkte dieser Art sollten vermieden werden! Besser sind wiederverwendbare Produkte wie waschbare Abschmink-Pads. Die sind nach einer 40-Grad-Wäsche wieder einsatzbereit oder können einfach mit warmen Wasser und etwas Seife ausgespült werden.
The same applies to disposable razors: Since they quickly end up in the trash, they definitely don’t get a sustainability award. So if you care about the environment, you should go for reusable metal razors, as they are more durable and only the razor blade needs to be replaced. Another alternative are safety razors with bamboo handles. These are sustainable and also have a stylish look.
Cosmetics with active ingredient Lilial are questionable
It is better to steer clear of products containing the active ingredient Lilial. Lilial is a fragrance that is supposed to resemble the smell of maigl;ckchen and is often found in cosmetic products such as deodorant, shampoo, soap, hair gel and hair spray. In various studies, the wik substance has been shown to be reproductively harmful and is also regularly criticized by "Ökotest". To avoid cosmetics containing Lilial, you should better always take a look at the ingredients – or make the check with appropriate apps.
Deodorants with aluminum salts
The myth that aluminum in deodorants is hazardous to health has been circulating for several years now. But is there any truth in it? The fact is that aluminum salts prevent our perspiration, which is why they are an important ingredient in most deodorants. In addition, however, aluminum salts slow down perspiration and can lead to clogged pores. The result: skin irritation and itching. And it gets even more unpleasant: aluminum can penetrate the body, especially on irritated or freshly shaved skin. So it is worthwhile to use an aluminum-free deodorant.