Safety first

Oolaboo products contains, as much as possible, from nourishing ingredients that can often be eaten as well as can be used on the skin, with the aim of optimizing the health of the total body and skin. Oolaboo uses, for example, instead of parabens, preservatives that are also used in food.

Every Oolaboo product is developed with great care and is enriched with 100% dermatologically tested, natural active nutrients. You can rest assured that none of our products contain PEG, parabens, mineral oils, silicones or phthalates. We only manufacture safe products and never use questionable substances.

Why do we prefer not to use these substances?

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a petroleum-based compound widely used in cosmetics to thicken creams, act as a dispersant, soften products and bind water. PEG is commonly used as the basis of cosmetic creams and can make skin too accessible and vulnerable to external substances.

Parabens are a toxic golden oldie in beauty circles. The chemical structure of parabens is surprisingly like oestrogen. The United States Environmental Protection Agency admits that all parabens have endocrine disrupting effects. This means that the body thinks there is extra oestrogen in the body, which may result in weight gain, depression, and even cancer and birth abnormalities.

Mineral oils belong to a class of chemicals called hydrocarbons: compounds containing only carbon and hydrogen. Typical hydrocarbons are petrolatum, paraffin and mineral oils, all of which are widely used as emollients because of their low volatility and smoothing texture when applied to the skin. This helps explain why mineral oils are so widely used in skin care, from drugstore bargains to high-end prestige products. They lock in moisture to heal dry, irritated skin and make products feel silky-smooth and luxurious. However, because of the barrier effect they have on the skin, mineral oils can also clog pores and actually damage the skin barrier and increase water loss.

Silicone is technically a “natural” product derived from sand, but that does not mean it is perfect. Regular use can lead to allergic reactions, sensitivity and breakouts. Silicone is non-digestible and non-recyclable, which means it is not biodegradable.

Sulfates create foam and suds in detergents and make you just a little too squeaky-clean. Not only do they strip away your hair colour, they disrupt natural oils and may cause irritation.

Phthalates are chemicals associated with birth defects, feminisation of infant boys, liver and kidney damage and infertility. In 2002, three-quarters of 72 products tested by the Environmental Working Group contained phthalates.

Phthalates are chemicals that make plastics soft and pliable in everything from bottles to vinyl belts. And they are everywhere. They are often used in hair products and stop scents from escaping. They help conventional products create smooth, straight hair with a better hold. They are probably altering the biology of fish by making male fish more female. These endocrine disruptors have serious effects on children and pregnant women and have been linked to effects on the course of early puberty and the feminisation of boys. They also create dioxins that contaminate the air, soil and water.

Our skin is the body’s largest and most important organ and makes up an average 16% of body weight! The skin separates our interior and exterior. Maintaining a healthy skin and optimal skin protection are therefore essential. Many of our selected active ingredients are naturally found in food, which is a conscious choice.

Several recent scientific studies show that eating the right foods visibly contributes to a more beautiful skin. The skin absorbs many substances, so the more natural these substances are, the more beneficial they will be to your body. Natural substances also have a complex composition. They contain carrier substances that allow molecules to be absorbed more efficiently by the body. The synthetic substances often used in cosmetics lack this feature and must be composed in a way that allows absorption by the skin. This is not easy and often does not work.

Natural products are a lot easier to absorb by the skin and body than synthetic products. Your body can tell the difference. That is why synthetic products are developed in such a way that they fool the body. The skin absorbs natural substances quickly and easily, because we are biologically programmed to recognise natural substances. Synthetic substances cannot be found in nature (not one apple was ever made in a lab) and are not part of a natural complex, so the body sees them as foreign substances and often reacts against them.

Natural substances only come from sources such as fruits, vegetables, plants and herbal extracts. Synthetic substances are created with chemical processes in a lab, usually from basal chemical elements.


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About the author: Ellen Wilmink

Communication manager at Oolaboo.

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