#Opinion: Sustainable Skin Care

Why it is so important to use sustainable products for your skin

Everyone knows: people have different #skin types. Some have very dry skin by nature, others have to deal with oily skin. Almost everyone routinely uses at least one product that seems to counteract this "#imperfection". However, many people forget to consider whether these products are good for the long term as well as the short term #effects. So now, you can try an infinite number of #products and see what convinces you. But what exactly is good and what is bad for the skin? Which ingredients are helpful, which ones are more harmful?

The trend is basically towards natural cosmetics. For a long time, before this trend became apparent, there were almost exclusively products that were composed of many #chemical substances. Overall, one cannot claim that all these #substances are harmful. A frequently used preservative like parabens have only a low allergy risk and are therefore used in many products. However, #problems have been found in animal experiments (not to mention that animal experiments are questionable in themselves), which proved the substance to be #hormonal. Accordingly, there are maximum limits for such substances. It is equally #problematic that in more and more substances plastic or aluminium are found. Especially in beauty products such as lipsticks or eye shadows, these substances can be found. And who likes to smear plastic on their #face?

The conclusion: chemical products are not exclusively bad, but contain individual substances that damage the skin and above all support unnatural processes, which in the long term can even lead to faster aging.

So what difference does #natural cosmetics make? The decisive difference is that natural cosmetics are logically composed of natural substances. These can be vegetable substances, #oils, #minerals, etc. It is important to note that allergic reactions can occur here as well, so there is no way around trying natural products. However, the majority of companies that manufacture these #products refrain from animal testing and attach great importance to quality over quantity.

One of the companies we work with - LILY Naturalcosmetics - has a philosophy that we think describes the natural aspect well. Their products are not intended to force the skin to do something that it would not normally do. Care products should support the skin and point it in the right direction. The #principle is the same as with nutrition. If you want to lose weight, there is no point in forcing yourself not to eat. However, a #healthy diet supports the weight loss process in a healthy way.

The idea behind sustainable cosmetics has therefore been #clarified. Now we come to the question: how do you now know whether a product meets these #requirements? You can look for certain labels to prove it. If a product has a #seal, it means that the company had to meet several strict criteria in order to be awarded the #label. Here are three important labels at a glance:


In 2002, the company developed standards for natural cosmetics, which specify what percentage of the product must consist of plant substances and how much must also come from #organic #cultivation.

BDIH (Bundesverband deutscher Industrie- und Handelsunternehmen)

Just like Ecocert, this seal provides information about how much of the product must be plant-based and organically grown. The seal also indicates that no animal testing has been used on this product.


The company has three categories for ingredients, which must make up 75% of the total range if a company wants to have the label: natural, near-natural and nature-identical ingredients. Artificial ingredients are not permitted.

Overall it should be mentioned that there are international labels, but also countries have their own standards. Unfortunately, there are often different standards, so it is difficult to keep track. Nevertheless we hope that this article has given you a small overview!


Your GreenWave Team





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