Discover what skincare products are best for your skin type.
Figure out your skin type and how to best care for it for years to come with this helpful guide.
A fairly clear complexion, with a low incidence of blemishes, normal skin is even in texture with a balanced sebum production—meaning it tends not to be very dry or oily (except when in a super dry or humid environment). Normal skin types have some large pores on the nose or forehead and occasional dryness on the cheeks.
Published by: Ron on May 12th, 2014 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare
Comment now »
The Pink Ribbon has become the international symbol for breast cancer awareness. It has helped to raise consumer consciousness about the issues of breast Cancer all over the world and to send a pink message of hope and support to cancer sufferers and survivors. It is also a reminder for the world to keep working on a cure for this devastating disease. Breast Cancer affects not only the women who have it, but their families as well.
Dr Baumann cosmetics have been carrying the flag for safe skincare and healthy living for over 20 years in Europe, and over the past two years in North America educating women about the need for safe, healthy skincare and recommending that women and their families actively avoid cosmetic ingredients that may cause breast cancer, other forms of cancer or sin diseases.
Many women pay little attention to the connection between skincare and breast cancer or the general hormonal disturbances that can result from certain ingredients present in ones beauty products. We believe that education is everything and strive to inform our customers and the consumers at large about what they should be looking out for to ensure that they and their families keep skin safe.
- Chemicals from deodorants and other cosmetics can build up in the body. British researchers amongst others have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. Writing in the the Journal of Applied Toxicology they say that they found traces of parabens in every sample.
- Their tests suggested that chemicals had seeped into the tissue after having been applied to the skin – Dr Phillipa Darbre says that this demonstrates that if people are exposed to these chemicals, then the chemicals will accumulate in their bodies. As a result of this research and other scientists worldwide have called for the use of Parabens in cosmetic products to be re- considered.
- Dr Darbre further said that there may be good reason for people to be concerned about the findings “Their detection in human breast tumors is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen, “ she said. “Oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumors. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants.”
- The toxicity problems with parabens have been known for some time as can be easily seen from this transcript from http://website.lineone.net/~mwarhurst/parabens.html. If you would like more in depth factual information on the toxic effects of many common chemicals this is a very good site to visit.
- In late 1998 John Sumpter’s group at Brunel University, UK, published a paper identifying parabens as oestrogen mimics (Routledge et al., 1998).
- The authors’ state: “Given their use in a wide range of commercially available topical preparations, it is suggested that the safety in use of these chemicals should be reassessed, with particular attention being paid to estimation of the actual levels of systemic exposure of humans exposed to these chemicals.
- The acquisition of such data is a prerequisite to the derivation of reliable estimates of the possible human risk of exposure to parabens.”
What should we avoid?
Well, for a start, all products that contain chemical preservatives such as parabens.
What are Parabens?
- Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products, including underarm deodorants.
- Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumours.
- The particular parabens were found in relative concentrations that closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products. Parabens have also been found in almost all urine samples examined State of the Evidence 2008. The presence of the parabens can cause an imbalance of the Endocrine system.
What can you do?
As one does not necessarily have the time to rush around checking every cream, cleanser and shampoo, take a short cut and head directly to the no risk zone. Choose Dr Baumann Bionome Products for you and your family, because all Bionome Products are:
Free of Chemical Preservatives (including Parabens)
Free of Mineral oils
Free of Colorants
Free of Fragrance
Free of Chemical Sunscreens
Free of Oxygen
Free of animal derivatives
And you can start your whole family on safe skincare – baby too!
Please go for a screening mammography and clinical breast examination, and for women 29 years of age and younger, a breast self examination.
APPLICATION TIPS: You are Gorgeous, Lovely and Beautiful!
- Do yourself, and your health a favor by choosing cosmetics free of harmful ingredients. Keep your body healthy, inside and out, to prevent toxic build-up which may lead to cancer or other diseases.
- The Sensitive for Normal and Dry Skin contains skin compatible ingredients to nourish, and treat the facial skin without harmful chemicals. See your skin transform, using this skin friendly product! Apply, morning and evening, onto the face, neck and decollete that has been cleansed with a suitable Dr Baumann Cleanser.
- Be kind to your hands, or they will reveal your real age! Apply the Dr Baumann Hand Cream regularly onto clean hands. No sticky feel or residue, just healthy nourished skin!
- Prevention is better than cure! Use the Dr Baumann Deo Mild with Manuka, Tea Tree and Lavender as a Deodorant every day and prevent the possibility of toxic build-up which may lead to breast cancer!
All of Dr. Baumann products can be purchased directly from one of our Retail Outlets. Click here to find an outlet near you!
Published by: Ron on November 1st, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
Give your skin Extra sizzle and zest with ampoules.
“Wrapping up” for autumn can prompt a whole new set of issues for your skin. The autumn chill and extreme dryness leads to a visibly different skin. March and April are really months of self discovery and the change of seasons can create a whole new set of skin issues. This is an ampoule alert!
A Little Kindness
Your skin always responds well to kindness. The right treatments are a new source of hope and they can be fun too. Ampoules give that extra sizzle and zest to skincare and you can cocktail them exactly to your skins needs. How much more personal can you get? There are ampoules designed to address every skin type, concern and condition and are a definite“fast forward “to results. Visible effects are achieved in a short time after application. “Cocktailing” ampoules with treatment creams and masks are a winner every time. You can even mix in 2 or 3 ampoules at a time with your cream or mask. More is better!
Home Spa Treat
After Cleansing your face neck and décolleté with your recommended Dr. Baumann Bionome Cleanser apply a warm compress to your face, neck and décolleté for 5 minutes. This will relax your face and open your pores. Cocktail your ampoules and apply gently to the entire face neck and décolleté. Follow with the Dr. Baumann Bionome Liposome Mask choc full of skin essential vitamins and hydrating elements. You can even mix the ampoules with the mask. Then leave on for 10 minutes and massage residue into the skin. Follow with the recommended Dr Baumann Bionome cream. It’s just so good!
Ampoules to Cocktail with
What could be more perfect than ampoules that are totally skin compatible? Mix match and apply. Remember that autumn skin needs additional treating and the Dr Baumann ampoules are just the thing. Dr Baumann Humidity /Moisture ampoule contains Hyaluronic Acid and Urea. The tightening and hydrating effect of hyaluronic acid makes it perfect for a dry and dehydrated skin
Jojoba Oil is recommended for a rough, skin that needs extra protection.
Lecithin strengthens and regenerates the lipid protective mantle of the skin
Vitamin A renews and regenerates an aging atrophic skin
Vitamin E treats an aging, dehydrated; sun damaged, or scarred skin
Herb Vital is essential for irritated, impure and acne skins
Horse Chestnut should be applied to every skin with a tendency to redness and Cuperose. Apply as many as you wish to treat your skin condition.
Ask your DR Baumann Skinologist to recommend one or more of the Dr Baumann Bionome Ampoules there are 14 great options to choose from.
What could be better than ampoules that are totally skin compatible or completely skin identical meaning they are identical to the nature of your skin. Just check your skin condition and cocktail. Cheers Everyone!
Published by: Ron on September 14th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
As soon as an American fashion invades Europe many cosmetic companies, beauty salons and consumers, incited by advertising adopt this fad without considering the possible negative effects on skin health. By marketing people (who are often lacking basic expert knowledge) fruit acids have been touted as the decisive new development in cosmetics. They are apparently not interested in the probable long-term dermatological effects, which can be observed especially after application on a daily base. With normal skin with a normal horny layer and, treatment with fruit acids causes thins out of the horny layer, that why treatment of normal skin with fruit acids is utmost senseless. Be ware, that the horny layer is an important barrier for protecting our body. You are well advised to support the physiological function and structure of the skin, be careful not to harm it. This is above all important with regard to sunlight protection. If the epidermis becomes too thin, the skin loses its most effective protection, dramatically increasing the sensitivity to UV-radiation that can penetrate more easily into the skin. Malignant skin tumours can be triggered by the possible cell injury. High UV-radiation always causes premature aging of the skin. If the treatment with fruit acids is carried out during wintertime because of reduced sun radiation, cold injury to the skin may result with low temperatures. The constant everyday treatment with fruit acids also seems to have a negative effect on the physiological skin bacteria that are important as a protection against the spreading of pathogenic germs. Also, the immune defence against bacteria, viruses and mycoses can be diminished, increasing the vulnerability of the skin to allergic diseases, eczema, etc., in the long run.
Fruit acids should only be used with skin problems caused by a thickened horny layer. The peeling of the upper horny layer makes sense, for example, when it is too thick and has closed the sebaceous glands, one important reason for acne. The skin should not be treated with fruit acids on a daily base but only in the form of cures so that the skin has the chance to regenerate in the time between the single cure treatments. We recommend glycolic acid in the form of a peeling cure. Concentrations of glycolic acid in the offered preparations is 10%, 20% and 30% so that the beautician can use the appropriate concentration for the respective type of skin.
With the first treatment, concentration of fruit acids should be low and the duration of traetment should be short in order to learn about the individual reaction time of each skin, even if there is only a small or no peeling effect at all with the first treatment. Note: Fruit acids in the form of a peeling cure are perfectly appropriate to reduce an overly thick horny layer to a normal level, e.g.. if a thickened horny layer has caused skin problems like acne. From our point of view, it is not advisable and is even dangerous to treat normal skin with a normal horny layer with creams containing fruit acids every day.
Published by: Ron on September 7th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare, Mens Skincare
Comment now »
“The Dr. Baumann cosmetic line gives exceptional anti-aging and restorative results using natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to work—plus a unique method of delivery.” - By Marissa Stapley-Ponikowski, Elevate Magazine
There are countless products on the market containing high concentrations of potent anti-aging ingredients, but these magic bullets aren’t always being effectively delivered to the lower layers of skin, which is the only place where they can truly be effective. Enter the Dr. Baumann line, developed in Europe by a doctor/naturopath and a cosmetic chemist. At the cornerstone of the extensive family of products is the Liposome MultiActive line, which includes Liposome MultiActive C + E ($149) and Liposome MultiActive Ceramid ($149, at selected spas, naturopathic clinics and laser clinics; dr-baumann.ca). Liposomes are a unique cosmetic ingredient because they act as transporters of active substances. This means that when they’re combined with other ingredients, such as vitamins and ceramides, they help deliver the useful properties into deeper layers of skin, rather than allowing them to remain on the surface. In addition, liposomes can boost the skin’s moisture content quickly.
Published by: Ron on September 6th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
As you know, oxygen creams and inhalations of oxygen is still been offered by many beauticians. In order to inform you why we do not utilize oxygen in its products, we give a brief introduction to the subject.
Marketing people try to take advantage of the customer’s wrong feeling that oxygen always has a positive effect. However, skin and the entire organism are supplied with an appropriate quantity of oxygen via the lungs and the blood circulation system so any additional supply with oxygen creams and oxygen inhalations does not make any sense at all. Inhalation of oxygen is a matter of medical treatment and emergency when the oxygen supply of the tissue and body cells is not sufficient due to pathological factors in the blood circulation.
Although it is highly questionable whether oxygen creams supply the skin with significant quantities of oxygen, the pretended oxygen increase of 100% in advertisements is definitely not recommendable, moreover, it has an adverse affect on a normal, healthy skin. Consulting a physiology book shows immediately that not the highest possible quantity of oxygen is best for the organism and the skin, but rather the right and adequate concentration of oxygen, which is guaranteed by the normal blood circulation. It is important to realize that too much oxygen is poisonous for the cell enzymes resulting in harm to the cell and its function. Clearly, this should not be the objective of cosmetic treatment. As far as we know there has not been any harm by oxygen creams, however. So we conclude that oxygen creams do not in fact contain considerable quantities of oxygen. Fluoric hydrocarbons as a solvent are necessary to channel oxygen into the skin, but the metabolism of fluoric hydrocarbons in the human body has not yet been explored and negative effects for the organism seem to be possible. This is the reason why fluoric hydrocarbons have been banned in medicine!
So any positive effect of oxygen in cosmetics is more than questionable whereas the risks are significant.
Published by: Ron on August 31st, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare, Mens Skincare
Comment now »
Liposomes are small hollow vesicles whose double-layer membranes are built of a double layer of phospholipids. These phospholipids consist of a ball-shaped water-soluble part and a tail-shaped fat-soluble part. These natural phospholipids are produced from soy. In an aqueous solution the phospholipids form a ball-shaped structure, the liposomes, through an appropriate supply of energy. During this process the lipophilic ends of the phospholipids contact each other and thus form a double-layer membrane that is hydrophilic on its two outer sides and lipophilic from its inner side. Therefore, the inside and the outside of a liposome is water-soluble and the inside of the liposome membrane is fat-soluble. The result is that a liposome can absorb and carry water-soluble substances (for example, vitamin C and chemical preservatives into the inside of the liposome) as well as fat-soluble agents (for example, vitamin E and fragrance substances in the liposome membrane). This transport function (carrier agent) of the liposomes is very advantageous with substances that have a positive effect on the skin. On the other hand, allergenic substances (e.g. fragrances and chemical preservatives) that can trigger defense reactions of the immune system are dangerous for the health of the skin. Therefore, the application of liposomes requires an increased sense of responsibility on the part of the producer and the beautician along with well-founded knowledge of skin physiology, as we otherwise expose the customer to danger. That’s exactly the reason why you should only use cosmetic preparations without fragrances and without chemical preservatives.
Right the same phospholipids of which the liposome membrane is built of, form the fundamental elements of the cell membrane. Also the intercellular substance, i. e. the lipids between the skin cells, contains a high proportion of phospholipids. Liposomes can perfectly substitute missing phospholipids in case of slightly injured skin cells or loss of intercellular lipids through e.g. excessive cleansing. Phospholipids and ceramides are also important elements of the intercellular substance. Therefore, the combination of phospholipids and ceramides is ideal. This already proves that liposomes together with ceramides are the ideal and therefore, according to our opinion, the most important natural active substances in a medically and scientifically based. There is exceptional skin-compatibility because of the structure of phospholipids which is identical to the one of the cell membrane. Under normal circumstances, allergic reactions are far less likely if the skin is treated with natural active substances identical to those of the skin itself. So allergic reactions after liposome treatment are most likely not caused by the liposomes themselves, but rather by the unreasonable practice of channeling allergic substances, such as fragrances and chemical preservatives into the skin by means of liposomes.
We recommend utilization of multilamellar liposomes as they are even more effective than unilamellar liposomes. Multilamellar liposomes consist of unilamellar liposomes of different sizes that are interlocked: a small liposome is enclosed by a greater one and these two differently sized liposomes are again enclosed by an even greater one etc. So finally, there are 5-7, sometimes even 12 differently sized liposomes which build up a multilamellar liposome. The size of the interlocked liposomes ranges from about 20 up to 300 manometers. There is a direct relationship between the penetration level of liposomes and the size of the liposomes, i.e. the smaller a liposome, the deeper the penetration. Now we understand why multilamellar liposomes reach and supply all layers of the skin. Multilamellar liposomes actively supply the skin with more moisture than any other substance used in cosmetics, including conventional unilamellar liposomes. Scientific studies proved that multilamellar liposomes increase skin moisture by nearly 100% within only 7 days of treatment. Our scientific research has revealed that the best possible has to contain multilamellar liposomes along with ceramides, evening primrose oil and vitamin E.
Published by: Ron on August 17th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
Over the last couple of years so called “Natural Cosmetics” gain more ground since “nature”, “natural”, “biologic” etc. are associated or even identified with “healthy”. Marketing strategist want to win the growing number of people who strive for a healthy way of life in accordance with ecological principles that way. However, the general assumption that nature is always good for your health and chemistry always bad makes no sense, neither from a medical, nor from a naturopathy point of view. In nature and in chemistry there are highly toxic and allergenic substances but also highly effective and compatible substances for a useful.
E.g. natural grounded sharp-edged peach stones as peeling are detrimental to the skin whereas synthetically produced granules of nylon aren’t. On the other hand, natural vitamin E is far more effective on the human organism than vitamin E produced synthetically out of different optical isomeric forms only in part identical with those of the natural and effective vitamin E.
Regarding vitamin C things are different again as synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is as effective as natural vitamin C.
This example should be enough to prove that only knowledge about pros and cons of every individual raw material is inevitable judge its effectiveness on the human body. A-Z Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.
Published by: Ron on August 10th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
Regarding effect and compatibility we prefer ingredients of herbal origin. As a matter of principle we do not use ingredients from animal origin. Abandonment of substances from animal origin makes sense for ethical reasons, environmental reasons and reasons of health.
As there is no or no decent legislation about experimenting with cosmetic substances on animals a producer of cosmetics never can guarantee products free of animal testing. Moreover, in many countries laws exist that place an obligation to producers of products to test products on animals before introducing them on the market. Although alternative procedures do exist already, legislators and lawmakers are often slow and sluggish to transform such findings into laws for the better of animals.
So even if producers of Skin Care products does not utilize “animal testing” by themselves or charge another company with such testing, they can never really guarantee that the processed substances had not been tested on living animals.
So even if such would be desirable from an ethical point of view, no producer of cosmetic products can guarantee products without animal testing, however he/she can guarantee products free of ingredients from animal origin. Since the origin of animal ingredients can’t be traced easily the answer can only be not to use such substances at all. (Thinks about hormones that are illegal within the EU but legal within the US, chemotherapeutica legal in the EU and the US, intensive farming, extraordinarily cruel and inhuman transportation methods to slaughterhouses etc.).
Are there animal experiments for the cosmetics in Germany?
In §7 of the animal protection laws it says: “Animal experiments for the development of Tobacco products, detergents and Cosmetics are fundamentally forbidden”. The German Animal Protection Association writes in addition: “On the one hand, animal experiments for the testing of raw materials can be executed without reservation if these raw materials are used not only in cosmetics, but also in other products. There are however hardly any substances, which are developed and certified exclusively for the use in the area of cosmetics”
That means nothing else but, that in Germany obvious animal experiments for Cosmetics do not take place, but, those animal experiments take place because of others Products and these same ingredients which were tested on animals for other products are also used in Cosmetics.
Therefore, most cosmetic Ingredients are already tested on animals, although, those ingredients were not tested for specific use in Cosmetics.
Due to this unfortunate situation, no cosmetic manufacturer can offer cosmetic products while claiming that: “those products/ingredients were not tested on animals”, even if the manufacturer himself didn’t test the ingredients on animals or personally give those instructions others to test those ingredients on animals this does not exclude the possibility that certain ingredients were indeed tested on animals.
Therefore an honest cosmetic manufacturer cannot mention „cosmetics without animal testing” although the cosmetic manufacturer didn’t carry out these tests personally on animals or give instructions to someone else to test the ingredients on animals. Cosmetic Companies, for which animal protection is an issue of importance, disparage both animal ingredients from tortured animals or from mass herding and as a principle strictly abhor any killing and tormenting of animals.
As a result of the above mentioned incomprehensible situation naturally the so-called „positive list” „of the German Animal Protection Association” can offer no assistance in the search for animal-friendly cosmetics: Here companies are accepted and recommended, provided that their products contain no ingredients that were tested on animals after 1979. Meaning those tested on animals before 1979 were acceptable and those ingredients and products are still in the market. What is particularly shocking is that many of that many animal obtained ingredients where acquired from mass animal internment for testing purposes and that this animal internment and usage of ingredients obtained from theses animals was allowed. This is not only unacceptable regarding the ethics of animal protection and conservation groups but highlights a general „mass animal attitude” considered as bad form not only by animal welfare activists because of the deliberate tormenting of animals but because the use of raw materials from mass animal husbandry is regarded as a profitable business and is actively promoted as a result. The criteria is not only the quantity of the animal substances used in the Cosmetic industry but the refusal in principle to use any of these animal substances in any form and in this way give a clear direction and awareness to everyone regarding the avoidable suffering of millions of animals in these enforced, unnatural conditions and to enlighten people regarding developing a positive, humane and considerate attitude for humans animals and the environment. Living these mentioned ethical codes of respect consistently, convincingly and as role model has an additional value and credibility for others. Therefore any cosmetic company that consequently denounces and renounces the use of animal ingredients that even the particularly strict animal protection German Animal Protection Association” doesn’t manage to achieve even with its “Positive List” (with regard to the suffering of the many millions animals in mass animal husbandry) We challenge the arbitrary definition of „good” animal experiments 1979 and „bad” animal experiments after 1979 as unreasonable, illogical counter productive, because it does not address the fundamental problem a” animal-hostile law” and in fact gives an entirely misleading impression that cosmetics that have not been tested on animals actually exist!! An intelligent and humane decision would be to focus on and force the politicians and influential industrialist to jointly come out, take a stand and finally, abolish all legislations that the manufacturers of raw materials (according to the Chemical legislation are required to carry out tests on animals. This current legislation makes a “mad house” of everything honourable and just. „The German animal protection federation” says that animal experiments are in principle forbidden. They further state that animal experiments are not prescribed because of cosmetics, but because of other products. It follows according to this rationale that by either enforcing the abolishment of all cosmetics or only recognising the exclusive products on „the positive list” „of the German Animal Protection Association” no animal experiments would be abolished or even reduced and no suffering would be spared for the animals! Many cosmetic firms use this “not tested on animals” slogan as an advertising platform although it actually has absolutely nothing to do with the abolishment of animal experiments and the protection of animals. Is this not all completely absurd? What should one really expect of an association like „The German Animal Protection Association” when their President is a self confessed eater of meat? To kill and protect animals are two irreconcilable positions and an absurd unsolvable contradiction! Is it not absurd that „the major animal welfare activist” as a meat consumer supports the killing of animals because it has desire to eat meat? Also one should not forget that by the substantial deployment of Antibiotics in the animals designed for human consumption is extremely dangerous for the health of human beings as the antibiotics create bacteria that resist positive bacteria developed for medically assigned antibiotics. This has already resulted in (known) deaths because the assigned antibiotics for specific purposes in the human organism are no longer effective. This situation is supported by the actions of some physicians who prescribe antibiotics with regularity and without doing their homework. Let there be no misunderstandings here, Antibiotics are important and useful as Medication if they are prescribed correctly. They are out of place when treating viral illnesses in human beings or as assistance in mass animal husbandry.
Published by: Ron on August 3rd, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »
Chemical preservatives in Skin Care products are the main cause for allergic reactions. Especially the following ingredients are critical (according to us): Benzoic Acid, Methyl-Paraben, Ethyl-Paraben, Butyl-Paraben, Propyl-Paraben, 2-Brom-2-Nitro-propane- 1, 3-Diol, Triclosan, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Chlor-hexidine, Cetrimonium-Bromid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. We recommend not to use such preservatives at all provided that the producer is capable of keep those products perishable without the utilization of chemical preservatives. If he/she is not, allergenic risks caused by that substances must be accepted though as there’s a danger of attack by microbes otherwise.
Fragrances do not have any impact on a positive skin nurturing effect of any skin care product. On the one hand scenting substances are utilized to conceal the bad odour of raw materials and on the other hand to help the purchase decision of the customer. Negative consequences are often neglected even among (self-styled) experts. So does not really come as a surprise that allergies have increased in recent years. Largely, cosmetic industry is to blame for this unfortunate fact as too many allergenic substances are utilized in cosmetics industry. Therefore the beautician, physician and pharmacist have a special responsibility towards the customer when it comes to their advisory tasks. But also the customers themselves should know the basics about allergic reaction and their causes in order to prevent them as far as possible.
Basically, every substance in cosmetic products could possibly trigger an allergic reaction. As soon as the immune system recognizes a substance as foreign, a defense reaction cannot be avoided. On the other hand, the more skin-identical a substance is by nature, the more unlikely the occurrence of allergic reactions.
Scientific research has shown which substances of cosmetic products more often than others cause allergic reactions to occur. Beyond any doubt chemical preservatives and fragrances have been shown to cause frequent and harmful allergic reactions, and unfortunately, these are exactly the substances used by the cosmetic industry in a consistent manner. If these allergenic substances penetrate the skin, i. e. if the horny layer of the skin as a natural protection layer is penetrated, the increasing number of allergic reactions should not be any surprise at all.
Be careful, however. Even if a scented product that contains chemical preservatives has been tolerated for a long time the process of disease in the skin might already have begun. We all know this phenomenon that a product is seemingly tolerated for some time and then all of a sudden an allergic reaction occurs. This is no surprise for an expert! The sensitize period – this is the time period the immune system needs to build up the visible inflammatory skin reaction – may last days, weeks, months or even years. Hence, by the continuous use of a certain ointment that contains fragrances and/or chemical preservatives, the development of an allergic disease in the skin may already have begun while it still seems to be tolerated.
The consequence of all these facts can only be not to use allergenic preservatives and fragrances in cosmetic products in order to achieve the best possible skin-compatibility for as many people as possible.
However, highly sophisticated and expensive scientific research is inevitable to assure a product’s neutral or pleasant odour and to guarantee stability without chemical preservatives. This is extremely difficult with liposome preparations.
Preparations without fragrance and without chemical preservatives are the best possible guarantee against allergic reactions. Promising 100% safety is not possible, because even the best skin-compatible substance can trigger an allergic reaction with persons with an extreme propensity to allergy. In the rare case of a reaction you as beautician will be able to explain the underlying scientific facts logically and convincingly. B.T.W. The non-recommendable preservative “Imidazolidinyl Urea” can be easily confuses with “Urea” as such. However, urea without the imidazolidinyl-molecule is very recommendable as ingredient in cosmetic products.
Published by: Ron on July 20th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
Comment now »