Not only one, but two of our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE products convinced with very good results in the test: in the January and February editions of the German ÖKO-TEST magazine, two of the natural cosmetics products made in Germany were awarded the assessment “very good”. Our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Intensive Moisturizing Mask as well as our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Exfoliating Body Scrub scored very good results.
Facial masks in the test
ÖKO-TEST tested 51 facial masks. Among the winners: our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Intensive Moisturizing Mask. The certified natural cosmetics product does not contain any PEGs, plastics or other questionable ingredients. Since no defects whatsoever could be detected, the mask was awarded the overall result: “very good”!
Not all facial masks were lucky enough to score such a result. One of the most common points of criticism: soluble plastic. A total of 20 facial masks contained plastics compounds. Many conventional moisturizing masks which were tested contained synthetic polymers which, contrary to solid plastic particles, are used in dissolved form. The problem is obvious: synthetic polymers are not easily degradable and can unnecessarily contaminate wastewater. Moreover, in 17 cases controversial PEG compounds were detected which are suspected of infiltrating the skin with foreign substances. Also organohalogen compounds, large quantities of silicones and paraffins and perfumes with high allergenic potential were detected.
Another disadvantage: the packaging of the majority of moisturizing masks which were tested consists of foil-coated sachets, which are put in the trash after only a single use. In order to avoid waste, ÖKO-TEST recommends facial masks from tubes and jars – such as the BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Intensive Moisturizing Mask.
BNSC Intensive Moisturizing Mask
Our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Moisturizing Mask is an intensively moisturizing special care, which provides a velvety and visibly refreshed complexion with immediate effects. In addition to< A>< strong href=”https://blog.birkenstock-cosmetics.com/facts/korkeichen-extrakt-multiaktiver-wirkstoffkomplex/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>cork oak extract*, the product contains hydrating jojoba oil which revitalizes the skin and improves skin roughness. Particularly skin-friendly white clay prevents skin irritations and regulates the production of sebum. Shea butter has an antioxidative effect.
The mask is suitable for normal to dry skin, mature skin and combination skin.
Application:Apply evenly onto cleansed skin, allow some time for absorption and remove with a soft cloth.
Exfoliators in the test
As regardsexfoliators, 50 products were tested. Our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Exfoliating Body Scrub was among the top products tested by ÖKO-TEST with an overall result of “very good”. It does not contain any PEGs, plastic compounds or other questionable ingredients and no defects were detected. Its exfoliating ingredients are exclusively of mineral or plant-based origin.
Even though the conventional cosmetics industry has undertaken to stop using microplastics, this does not necessarily mean that the products are entirely free from plastics. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that one third of the tested exfoliators contains silicones or other synthetic polymers. These solvable plastic compounds contaminate soil and ground water as they are not easily biodegradable.
In addition, questionable perfumes were detected in body exfoliators which can be harmful for your health. Even paraffins with possibly carcinogenicMOAH compounds and irritating formaldehyde were detected during the test.
Another point of criticism: PEG compounds. The controversial substances were detected in 19 exfoliators. Polyethylene glycol and its derivatives can make your skin more permeable for foreign substances. This is particularly precarious in case of exfoliators as the exfoliating particles tend to make the skin more vulnerable and permeable.
BNSC Exfoliating Body Scrub
Our BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE Exfoliating Body Scrub is a gentle exfoliator which makes your skin appear refreshed and supple in the blink of an eye. In addition tocork oak extract*, the product contains valuable plant-based oils and cranberry seeds which have a smoothing and cleansing effect. Jojoba oil and macadamia nut oil protect the skin against drying out and guarantee a soft and supple feeling. Another secret of our formulation: fine volcanic sand. It cleanses intensively and refines the skin’s texture. It’s also perfect for your feet!
The exfoliator is suitable for all skin types.
Application: Massage into damp skin 1-2 times per week. Remove thoroughly with lukewarm water.
* Our products contain different concentrations of cork oak extract. Its effect has been demonstrated in clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.birkenstock.com