Some cosmetic skin care products contain plastic microparticles. These cannot be seen with the naked eye, but end up in our rivers, seas and oceans via our sewage system after washing/showering. This has an impact on our ecological system, as the marine animals consider the microplastic for food, it often ends up on our own plate as part of the food chain.
It is therefore the responsibility of the cosmetic manufacturers to produce products that are free of micro-plastics. The plasticfoodfoundation.org is a foundation dedicated to identifying harmful ingredients for our environment. The Beat the Microbead app makes it easy to find out whether a product contains microplastic.
We are therefore very proud of our new international recognition ZERO PLASTIC INSIDE. All our ingredients that we use in our skin care line are microplastic free. To qualify, all ingredients must be screened and only then will you receive this certificate.
Previous blog about microplastics in cosmetics.
Microplastics in the food chain: a credit card on the menu every week
Two reports draw attention to the amount of plastic we ingest through food and drink. The first report was published by the World Wildlife Fund in 2019. This report compares data from 52 studies on microplastic uptake. This shows that people are at risk of ingesting about 5 grams of plastic per week. By comparison, that’s roughly equivalent to a credit card.
The second study appeared in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The researchers report that Americans consume an estimated 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles per year from seafood, water, sugars, salts and alcohol alone.
Microplastics in cosmetics
Naturally degradable exfoliating ingredients, such as scrub granules, have been replaced by microplastics by a number of cosmetic companies. You will often see this described on the label as “microbeads” or “micro-exfoliates”. These microbeads are usually composed of polyethylene, a commonly used component of plastics, but they can also be made from polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or nylon.
Microbeads are increasingly found in hand soaps and other personal care products. The result is that these tiny (plastic) particles end up in the sewer immediately after use, where they cannot be completely filtered out by wastewater treatment plants due to their small size.
Ultimately, the microbeads end up in rivers, seas and oceans. From small to large sea creatures: they all ingest particles through their food and the amount continues to accumulate. The microbeads from cosmetic products end up on your plate via a detour.
Microplastics in cosmetic products, read more about the red flag list of plastic in cosmetics
Here the link of Iconic Elements products on the plastic soup website
About Francis Wu
‘In my dermatology practice I often come across people who suffer from itching. I see what they struggle with and unfortunately too often notice that certain care products help someone from bad to worse. Because I want you as a user to be able to rely on the product you are applying, I have developed my own skincare line: Iconic-Elements. A complete skin care line that stands out because it works (evidence-based)!
While you’re here
It is yet another term in beauty land that suggests something. Is it pure marketing or does it really cover it? Exactly what clean beauty means, we explore in this article. Featured will be Dr. Francis P.K. Wu and Marlin van Straaten, CEO at the dr. Hauschka.
Clean beauty sounds good! Especially at a time when sustainability seems more important than ever and we are increasingly aware of what we put on our skin. We don’t want any ‘junk’ in our cosmetics and in our environment, so if a brand profiles itself with the term Clean Beauty, we want to know more about it!
It is certainly interesting for beauticians to understand what that term exactly means and how they can explain it to their customers as well as possible. It’s a hot topic. Thanks in part to the beauty bloggers and influencers who are using this relatively new term en masse. No one is averse to cleanliness. And so it hits the mark.
But just how clean is clean beauty? Doesn’t every product in the end consist of chemicals? Because “properly speaking, even water is a chemical,” argues Dr. Jetske Ultee in a blog. Does every supplier that claims to be clean use sustainable packaging? Can you then just deploy the term without control? More on this – click