Which ingredients you want to avoid in cosmetics

“Natural skin care”

Is a term used regularly in the skin care industry and has many benefits provided you the right natural products chooses. But how do you recognize a natural product with good ingredients and how do you know which ingredients you do not want to put on your skin? It's still difficult to understand the long list of ingredients on the back of a product, so I'm going to help you a step in the right direction. If you are in the store, on a webshop or in a drugstore, you always first look at the country of origin and the certifications of a product. 

Then you can look at the ingredients, something that I still find difficult! There are so many ingredients and difficult names are often used. That's why my first tip is; look at the ingredients you would rather not have in your product:

Polyaminopropyl biguanide or polyhexamethylene biguanide is an ingredient still found in many well-known products. PHMB is banned in Denmark and the EU, but is still allowed and used in many other countries. PHMB can therefore be found in all kinds of products, including skin care, make-up removers, cosmetics and so on. It is a harmful preservative and is classified as a category 2 carcinogen. PHMB is also harmful to the environment and can cause allergic reactions.

There are 'good', moisturizing alcohols and 'less good', dry alcohols that can dry out the skin and make it sensitive. Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are examples of these "good" alcohols and have an emollient effect. They are non-irritating and have a positive effect on dry skin. On the other hand, the 'less good' drying alcohols can affect the protective layer on the skin, reduce vital substances needed for healthy skin, make oily skin even more oily and cause skin aging. Still, some products require a drying alcohol to be functional. A good example of this is a hairspray or a dry shampoo. In this case, pay close attention to cofactors. What are these? You can read that in this article.

Silicone form a barrier on the skin and your hair and slow down the absorption of other ingredients, making it more difficult to achieve the desired results. If you switch to natural products without silicones, you will have to go through a 'detox period'. During this period you first wash the silicone off your hair or skin before the natural ingredients can do their job.

Parabens are preservatives that ensure that a product has a longer shelf life. The problem with parabens is that they have a hormone-disrupting effect. Do you want to read more about this? Then read this article (link article parabens).

Many chemical ingredients in sunscreens can cause sensitization, especially around the eyes, and can lead to breakouts. In addition, these substances end up in your bloodstream, which cannot be good for your brain and body. Therefore choose one sun protection which takes this into account and avoids the most chemical components.

Dyes are used to make products look beautiful. It is a marketing ingredient with no added value that takes up space in a product that could otherwise be used for ingredients that really benefit the skin.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is just too good at his job. The cleanser strips the skin and hair of too much, stripping the protective skin (scalp) barrier of the essential lipids (fats) that skin needs to function at its happiest and healthiest.

These are a few ingredients that you can avoid if you want to opt for natural and healthier products. Always pay attention to the country of origin and the certifications that a product has. For example, Denmark has stricter legislation on cosmetics and ingredients, which means that the products that come from here are generally better and healthier than products from other countries with different legislation.



yentle murk jansen natulique lykkegaard gezondheidswetenschapper

Health scientist
Focused on ingredients in (natural) cosmetics and the effects on your health

After studying Health Sciences and a Masters in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences, I started working for the natural cosmetics companies NATULIQUE and LYKKEGAARD. Hip, high-quality, from Denmark, Scandinavian look and focused on human health. With the aim of making the cosmetics and hairdressing industry more transparent, aware and healthy and to inspire everyone who wants to live a healthier and happier life by offering natural, luxurious cosmetics. I mainly focus on ingredients and the effect on the body, with the motivation to inform people about the importance of clean cosmetics. What you put on skin can also end up in your body and have an effect on your health and BrainBalance.

I myself started using natural hair products before I worked for these companies. Not because of the ingredients or because of my health, but because it simply gave me much nicer and nicer hair. Now that I also know what ingredients are in cosmetics and what natural ingredients can offer us, I am convinced. I mean, using good and healthy products without trying too hard and also getting better hair and skin - perfect.

My goal? Showing people the importance of high-quality cosmetics with fewer bad substances in them, creating more transparency, sharing tips and, above all, making it easier to make the right choice. During my studies, the focus was often on prevention: prevention is better than cure. That is exactly what I want to focus on