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"Ökotest" checks face creams – and reveals false anti-wrinkle promises

A good face cream supplies the skin with grease and moisture. Some suppliers also offer anti-age effects for their products. But can creams hold what they promise? Ökotest has tested 53 creams, including 22 products whose manufacturers intentionally promote rejuvenating properties. The investigators asked the companies: On what research are promises made against wrinkles? They also looked for critical ingredients like petroleum ingredients, fragrances, paraffins and formaldehyde.

In good conscience, inspectors can only recommend one product group: certified natural cosmetics. All 13 highest rated "Very Good" products are in this category. Natural cosmetics are particularly stringent. Manufacturers refrain from using critical substances such as silicone and release of formaldehyde from the beginning.

Eleven creams rate "bad" or "insufficient" in the current test. Among them are well-known brands such as "Baby", "L & # 39; Oréal" and "Garnier". "We criticize mostly problematic odors, harmful UV filters, paraffins, silicones and PEG compounds," Ökotest writes. "Nivea Essentials Day Care 24 h Moisture + Freshness" was the only cream in the test that contained Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH). The MOAH group includes compounds suspected of causing cancer. The probation is therefore "Bad."

Problematic odors

In eight face creams, the examiners proved to have problematic odors. Hydroxycitronellal and Cinnamylalcohol may cause allergies, Lilial has been shown in animal experiments to be toxic to reproduction. Two Musk Artificial Creams stand out: Judith Williams Cell Activating Cell Day Cream" and “Mouson cream". The compounds accumulate in human adipose tissue.

And what about advertising promises like "wrinkle mitigation" and instant mimicry "?" Ökotest "asked the manufacturer for a meaningful study of the allegations that resulted in the result? Disappointment." For most products, manufacturers did not provide us with any Studies before or did not submit complete documentation, "Ökotest writes.

Even the whole of the submitted research is rather weak to the examiners. In some studies no comparison cream was used, in others it showed little difference between the products studied. According to Ökotest, no manufacturer can prove that anti-aging care offers advantages over conventional skin care cream.

Consumers should not expect too much from what suppliers print on anti-aging and anti-aging boxes and jars, the Ökotest says. In other words, good, cheap cream does that too.

Here is the test. The results are freely visible.